Severe Weather Risk Diminishes After Storm Watch

Longest day of the year brings hot, humid conditions and possible rain

Illinois temperatures fit the season on this first day of summer, with a side of potentially severe weather.

A severe thunderstorm watch expired at 1 p.m. for far western portions of the metro area from McHenry County south to Grundy County, though some rain is still expected.

Showers and thunderstorms rolled into far north and west counties in late morning and early afternoon. The National Weather Service reported an area of strong storms over Minnesota early Friday moved into northwest and north central Illinois and affected much of the Chicago area.

Summery temperatures are still expected to rise to between 85 and 90 degrees. Not bad for the longest day of the year with a sunrise at 5:16 a.m. and a sunset at 8:31 p.m.

Though Saturday could start with a period of scattered showers and storms, the weekend looks warm and sunny with highs reaching into the low 90s.

The chance of storms extends into Monday, and while the NWS reports much of the week will remain dry, periodic chances for thunderstorms will be likely. If storms become strong, heavy rain and damaging winds are possible.

Otherwise the week looks similar to Friday with sunny, hot and humid days ahead.

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