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A lot more sunshine to work with today and thus the jump in temperatures with highs returning around the 90 degree mark. Higher heat indices also returned with some spots reaching 100 degrees!

Still not expecting to break this pattern in the days ahead as afternoon highs around 90 and lows around 70 will be common.

I’m still keeping an eye on this system spinning around the Great Lakes. Why you say? Well, this system will have a cool front that will ride from Northeast to Southwest. This will produce a northeast breeze that will interact with the high heat coming in from the south. This could spark a shower or thunderstorm not only along the lake front but could extend as far west into our viewing area…especially east of the river after midnight. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Thats the only real chance I see until the main boundary across the Rockies moves across the area on Labor Day, Monday with a shower or thunderstorm. This is still the main catalyst in ending the late summer heat that day and likely for the rest of the year. Afterwards, we’ll finally return to more September-like weather for a change with highs in the 70s.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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