The current weather is not only as good as it gets in late July, but pretty much at any time of the year. More on the way with a splendid night tonight and picture perfect Friday to close out the work week.

Through Tonight: Dine al fresco if you can! We’re in the delightful 70s through this evening but all of us drop at least into the low-to-mid 60s by early morning.  A few of the cooler outlying areas to the north and west dip into upper 50s.  Turn off the A/C and enjoy.  Skies are mostly clear and winds are light.

Tomorrow (Friday): Wow!  Gorgeous sunshine, low humidity and comfortably warm temperatures for a stroll or dip in the pool (though it may feel cool when you get out of last week’s heated water!).  Highs reach the low-to-mid 80s, with light winds from the west.

See David Streit’s forecast through the weekend. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter . For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

Wednesday evening’s sunset (Clif_Burns via Flickr)

Coolest weather in the world? Tom Skilling, meteorologist at WGN in Chicago, posted this model simulation of temperatures – compared to normal – over the globe averaged over the next five days.  The central and eastern U.S. stand out among the coolest spots – relative to average – in the world.  Given it’s around the hottest part of summer, good timing!

Simulated temperatures compared to average over the next 5 days (Tom Skilling via Facebook)