Tourists mill about by the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park on June 18, 2022. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — After a cool and gray week, the sun will be back just in time for the Juneteenth weekend.

Friday’s expected high of 72 degrees is still cooler for this time of year, but temperatures will climb into the 80s over the next few days in Chicago, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday’s forecast is 80 degrees and sunny. Meanwhile, Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 86.

Monday’s forecast — 86 degrees and mostly sunny — should be pleasant for Juneteenth celebrations. The forecast for Tuesday is 85 and sunny.

That’s a big change from the cool weather and cloudy skies Chicago experienced over the last few days. Those were due to “blocking patterns” in the jet stream and “slow-moving low pressure systems,” which caused the flow of cooler air and smoke from the Canadian wildfires across the city, according to meteorologist Rafael Ogorek of the National Weather Service.

Strong winds Thursday prompted the weather service to issue a beach hazards statement — in effect until Friday afternoon — warning beachgoers of high waves and dangerous currents.

The National Weather Service recommends people check the current beach status on the Chicago Park District’s website if you plan on going to the lakefront.

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