Rain and Storms Possible on First Day of Summer in Chicago Area

The Chicago area has had 78 days with measurable precipitation so far this year, according to the NWS, making it the second-wettest spring on record

Rain and storms are making their way toward the Chicago area for the first day of summer. 

The Friday system could bring some gusty winds, particularly for areas south of the city. 

Rain is expected to move in during the afternoon and evening hours. Scattered storms could develop later over parts of the area, again with areas south of the city favored. A few of those storms could bring heavy rain with the chance for some strong to severe conditions. 

Friday marks the start of summer and the longest day of the year with a sunrise at 5:16 a.m. and a sunset at 8:31 p.m. 

The chance for rain and storms continues through the weekend, with the parts of the area under a marginal risk for severe weather.

Scattered storms are possible Saturday morning, afternoon and early evening and again overnight into Sunday morning.

Temperatures are expected to sit in the upper-70s, possibly reaching into the 80s for the weekend. 

The unsettled pattern will continue Sunday and Monday with a severe and heavy rain threat possible. 

The Chicago area has had 78 days with measurable precipitation so far this year, with 10 days left in June, according to the NWS. That marks the second-highest number for the period of January through June since 1892 and 1878, which both saw 85 days with rain.

With rain in the forecast for several days through the end of the month, it's possible that record could be broken, forecasters said.

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