A day begging for people to sit and enjoy it. (Joe Flood via Flickr)

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

9/10: My first thought was a 10, but cold air aloft may promote clouds during peak heating.

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs: Upper 70s to lower 80s.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows: Mid-50s to near 60.
Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Highs: Near 80 to mid-80s.

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We’ve been waiting for a weekend like this. In fact, it should be the nicest once since spring! Even better, while rain risks may return early in the week, there’s no sign of 90s on the horizon at the moment. There’s a good chance we haven’t seen the end of summer just yet, but that’s getting closer.

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Today (Saturday): It truly doesn’t get a lot better than this in early August. A delightful breeze out of the northwest teams up with plenty of sun and moderate temperatures to deliver near perfection. There could be some increase in cloud cover midday thanks to very cold air aloft. Amazingly, high temperatures may get stuck in the 70s in spots! Pretty much everyone is in a range of upper 70s to low 80s. Humidity is perhaps still noticeable in the morning, but by afternoon and evening it’ll be out of here. You might almost want a sweater near and after sunset. Winds are gustiest early, about 15 to 20 mph at peak. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: With low humidity and clear skies, temperatures fall nicely. It’s one of the cooler nights this summer as readings settle into the mid-50s for the suburbs and the low 60s in the city. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): If you didn’t get enough today, tomorrow offers more of the same. Clouds will increase at some point, but usually in these cases they’re mainly high level to start. So I think the day is quite passable, despite a slight chance of a shower creeping in by sunset. Highs should rise to near and above 80. It might be worth another Nice Day stamp, but clouds put that into question. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds take over and a few showers are possible as a warm front pushes into the area. Clouds and increased levels of humidity keep temperatures from falling below the upper 60s and lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High


This isn’t a hot pattern, but it’s a changeable one, with a big upper low generally hanging out near the Great Lakes. On Monday, a spoke comes around that big gyre and sends us more rain. There’s some question as to what ends up happening here. One possibility is a big shield of rain in the early part of the day. If that happens, some spots are rather waterlogged at the moment, so we’d need to watch the flood risk. Another possibility is less morning rain, a period of sunshine that would fuel the atmosphere for the possibility of severe thunderstorms later in the day. Either way, temperatures are still a little below normal, with readings mainly near 80 to perhaps the mid-80s if we maximize sunshine. Confidence: Medium

Monday’s wave is rapidly heading away, so Tuesday should feature clearing or mainly clear skies. It’s again the case that humidity has been scoured from the region behind the departing low pressure of the day prior. So, we’re staring down some more delightful August air. Highs are mainly near 80 to low 80s. Confidence: Medium