Oc­to­ber will close mild af­ter a long cool spell

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - Chicago Weather Center -

Fast mov­ing dis­tur­bance passes north of the area bring­ing a threat of show­ers.

Oc­ca­sional light rain, likely on­go­ing at day­break, con­tin­ues much of the morn­ing. Stead­ier, more con­cen­trated rain fa­vors ar­eas fromthe city, north.

Con­tin­ued chilly. Temps slowly rise to the 50s by the mid­day pe­riod.

Trend­ing windy and cooler in the af­ter­noon. Peeks of sun emerges by late in the day. High temps range low 50s N, to low 60s S-Wsec­tions.

SWwinds early, shift NW by noon, in­crease to 20-30 mph with higher gusts.

Since Oct. 10, much of the Great Lakes and Mid­west have felt the ef­fect of per­sis­tently cool air. Of­fi­cially, at O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture over the past three­weeks has run 6.5 de­grees be­lownor­mal. Only two days posted a slight tem­per­a­ture sur­plus.

Dur­ing this pe­riod, there has been only one day that eclipsed 60 de­grees. Cur­rently, the fewest 60-de­gree days dur­ing the last three weeks of Oc­to­ber stands at two, set in1925.

Strong south-to-south­west winds on Tues­day will drawmild air across the Chicago area. It’s highly likely that read­ings will rise into the 60s. The mild air will be short-lived. Rain is ex­pected to ac­com­pany a cold front across the metro area Tues­day evening, herald­ing a new push of cool air. Day­time read­ings onHal­loween are ex­pected to set­tle back into the 50s.

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