The cooldown Chicagoans have been waiting for this week has arrived, though it might not last long.
After an abnormally hot and humid week, Saturday will see temperatures drop into the 70s and stay even cooler at the lakeside, according to NBC 5 Storm Team meteorologists.
Saturday could be windy at times, with wind gusts reaching up to 20 mph in some areas, according to forecast models.
On Father’s Day, the Chicago area will likely see that heat again with temperatures rising into the mid-80s, accompanied by sunny skies and lower humidity.
The heat and humidity return, however, to start the work week.
Highs around the region will likely climb into the 90s on Monday and Tuesday, the NBC 5 Storm team predicts, with sunny skies and sticky air. The next chance for relief is Wednesday, with highs expected in the mid to high 80s.
Earlier this week, Chicago airports recorded some of their hottest temperatures in recent memory, with Midway recording historic triple-digit readings on consecutive days.
According to the National Weather Service, O’Hare International Airport recorded a high of 98 degrees on Tuesday, then followed it with a high of 96 degrees on Wednesday.
This latest high temperature set a new record for June 15, breaking a record that had stood for nearly three decades. Previously, the record for the date was 95 degrees, this mark having been reached in 1952, 1954 and most recently in 1994.
Officials said Tuesday’s high of 98 degrees marked the first reading of over 98 the city has seen since 1987, and was the highest temperature recorded at the airport since July 25, 2012.
Things were even hotter at Midway International Airport, with the mercury hitting 100 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday’s reading was the first time Midway had reached 100 degrees since 2012. Even more incredible, the consecutive 100-degree days marked the earliest the airport had reached that level on two consecutive days since 1934.