Strong Winds Expected for Memorial Day

Wind gusts are expected to reach speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour in parts of the Chicago area on Monday

Memorial Day in the Chicago area got off to a mild and windy start. 

While temperatures could reach the low 80s Monday, the day looks to be dreary. The National Weather Service warns of strong wind gusts between 40 and 45 miles per hour, with some possibly exceeding 50 miles per hour.

The windy conditions will impact most of the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana, but will diminish in strength as the day goes on.

The rain and spotty storms that arrived in parts of the Chicago area to the south and west Sunday afternoon will move out of the area by the late morning hours. 

Conditions will stay mostly dry Monday afternoon, just in time for a Memorial Day barbecue, but the clouds will likely stick around. Some areas could see some sunshine and maybe a few pop-up showers and storms in the afternoon, however. 

Storms and scattered showers will return to Chicago Monday night and Tuesday, but the rest of the week looks mostly dry with temperatures in the comfortable 70- to 80-degree range.

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