Enjoying this late summer cool-down? Thank Minnesota.
According to AccuWeather.com, the break from July's record-setting temperatures is due to the "unusually strong storm" that passed through the region this week. AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said thanks to the storm, "cooler air will sweep southeastward from Minnesota to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. Cooler, less humid air will also be felt in parts of the South and the Appalachians over the weekend."
The storm brought lots of rain — along with some thunder — to northern Illinois. Rainfall totals of .87 and .77 inches were reported in parts of Lake County by National Weather Service Cooperative Observers, and up to 1.11 inches reported in western McHenry County.
According to NBC5 Chicago's weather team, the average high in Chicago for Aug. 10 is 84 degrees, but Friday's forecast high was just 73 degrees.
The storm system was so strong that National Weather Service officials said waterspouts (tornadoes over water) could occur on Lake Michigan. According to the National Weather Service office in Chicago, a trained spotter reported seeing two waterspouts near Highwood, about 5 miles southeast of Fort Sheridan Beach between 7:42 and 7:48 a.m.
What's in store for the weekend? The National Weather Service has forecasted sunshine and highs in the upper 70s for northern Illinois, along with a chance of showers Sunday night and Monday. Warmer temperatures, in the low- to mid-80s, will return Tuesday.
How will you enjoy this cooler weather? Tell us in the comment section!