DOWNTOWN — It may not feel like it after this weekend, but 80-degree beach days and sunny walks on the lakefront are finally within reach.
The Farmers’ Almanac — long known for its not-always-super-reliable weather predictions — said this summer will be “sultry” and “soggy” with normal temperatures but more storms than usual. But AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Pastelok said he expects this summer won’t veer too far from what the city normally sees.
The temperatures are expected to be about a degree or so above average, Pastelok said, though — as always — particularly warm weather will come in spikes and there will be chillier days.
“I just think you’re gonna have kind of a mixed bag of stuff here this coming season, which will give you close to average,” Pastelok said. “We think that actually the summer is kind of a near-average summer for Chicago.”
June’s normal average high temperature is about 80 degrees, and Pastelok expects this June to be no different. Wetter days might see temperatures drop to the low to mid-70s, he said, which is also typical for the month.
July might be slightly more humid than normal — that’s because there’s “a lot of ground moisture across the middle of the nation,” Pastelok said — but it should be consistently in the 80s, as usual.
And August might be rainier and a bit chillier toward the end, but it’ll also stick to its usual high temperatures in the low to mid-80s for most of the month, Pastelok said.
Chicago is expected to be wetter than usual at the start of the summer because the weather event El Nino is ongoing and it tends to lead to more rain in the middle of the country, Pastelok said.
It’s “been wet in the middle of the country for most of the spring,” Pastelok said. “It just doesn’t look like it’s going to change very quickly.”
The city will dry off after the start of June, though, and AccuWeather isn’t expecting Chicago’s summer to be significantly rainier or drier than normal overall, Pastelok said.