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Hot, humid and potentially rainy weekend ahead for Chicago area

This weekend will be warmer and more humid than earlier in the week, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday is looking mostly sunny with a high expected near 86 degrees and southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph. Between 1 and 4 a.m., there is a slight chance of showers, and a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 a.m., according to the weather service.

Highs are expected to reach the mid- to upper 80s over the weekend, said meteorologist Rafal Ogorek, “gradually increasing with time.”

There are also chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms almost every day through the weekend, with a 30% chance Thursday night and 50% on Friday, according to the weather service.

“It won’t be a watch-out or anything, but there’ll likely be periods where we have scattered showers and storms moving across the area,” said Ogorek,adding there is a limited thunderstorm risk Thursday night and throughout the weekend for parts of the Illinois near shore waters of Lake Michigan.

Saturday is looking mostly sunny with a high near 87 and a low near 71, with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m.

Sunday is expected to be even hotter, with a high near 89, and showers and thunderstorms are likely, according to the weather service.

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