PM Update: Showers and storms to dwindle
More heat, but less humidity, on Wednesday
Scattered showers and a few strong thunderstorms that pressed through this afternoon are now headed east of the area, and anything else that pops up today should be isolated with many spots staying dry from here on out. Otherwise, temperatures that rose into the rather warm mid-and-upper 80s have fallen back a bit (and often temporarily) where rain has fallen. Slightly drier air will begin to filter in overnight, while tomorrow should be noticeably less humid even if still quite warm.
Through Tonight: We stay with a slight risk of a passing shower or storm through early evening, but the main activity is headed east of the area. Muggy evening readings in the upper 70s and lower 80s will fall to the low-or-mid 60s in the suburbs to the upper 60s downtown by morning.
Tomorrow (Wednesday): Lots of sunshine is scheduled for tomorrow, and temperatures respond by rising above normal yet again. The thermometer should be headed into the 80s around lunchtime before topping out in the upper 80s to near 90 later in the afternoon. Winds will be light from the northwest much of the day.
Speech interupted: Yesterday, President Barack Obama's Memorial Day observance speech in Elwood, Illinois was cancelled after heavy thunderstorms impacted the town. As rain pelted him and thunder roared overhead, Obama went to the podium to announce to the crowd: "We don't want to endanger anyone, particularly the children, in the audience. A little bit of rain doesn't hurt anybody, but we don't want anybody struck by lightning." His interest in warning those in attendance aside, did Obama "violate" the U.S. government guidelines for lightning safety known as the "30/30 rule"?
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