After a record wet July in Chicago, the start of August is getting competitive.
Showers and thunderstorms in Wisconsin and Iowa took aim at the Chicago area Monday morning, triggering rain and embedded storms in northern Illinois into the afternoon.
The National Weather Service reports the weather doesn't pose a severe threat, but stronger storms could develop later in the afternoon and evening with some hail and wind gusts mainly along and north of Interstate 80.
Temperatures remain cool for the season with highs ranging frm the low 70s south of the city and gradually warming to near 80 degrees south of I-80.
Showers and storms are expected to end after midnight, turning conditions breezy and mild.
Models show a warmer, more humid Tuesday with highs in the low- to mid-80s.
The next chance for rain comes Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Storms could turn severe with heavy rain.
Wednesday morning storms should end from north to south with the passage of a cold front. Thursday highs are estimated in the mid to upper 70s.
There's good news ahead for the weekend. Friday through Sunday looks dry, partly sunny and pleasant with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.