Fans at Lollapalooza should have a calm and bright day on Friday, but that may not be the case the rest of the weekend, NBC team 5 Storm said.
While previous years of the four-day festival in Grant Park have seen storms lead to evacuations or infamously muddy conditions, here’s what the weather forecast looks like for this weekend.
Although Friday morning starts off sweltering with dense fog, the humidity is expected to drop as the day progresses, the NBC 5 Storm team said. Inland, temperatures are expected to be warmer, with highs in the mid to high 80s. But near the lake, thanks to a cold front, temperatures are only expected to reach the upper 70s, a said NBC 5 meteorologist Kevin Jeanes.
According to the National Weather Service, a statement on beach hazards related to the cold front was released Friday morning.
“Windy northeast winds behind the cold front will cause waves to form over southern Lake Michigan this afternoon and into tonight,” the statement said.
Waves of up to five feet Friday night through Saturday could lead to “hazardous swimming conditions” and “potentially deadly currents”, the NWS warned.
Although Friday afternoon could see an isolated storm or downpour south of I-80, much of the day is expected to remain dry.
Although Saturday evening brings a chance for the southern rain to move in, much of the morning and most of the afternoon appears to be dry, the NBC 5 Storm team said.
According to Jeanes, if Saturday’s storms develop, they are unlikely to become strong or severe.
Temperatures on Saturday are expected to reach the low to mid-80s, remaining cooler along the lake. However, as the weekend progresses, the humidity is expected to increase.
Sunday is shaping up to be a humid and warm day, with the potential for heavy to severe storms in the afternoon and evening, Jeanes said.
According to the Storm Prediction Center, the Chicago area faces a “slight” risk of severe weather on Sunday, which ranks at level two on a five-point scale.
In addition to the possibility of heavy storms, temperatures on Sunday are expected to be warmer and more humid, with highs in the mid to high 80s.
In the event of inclement weather at the festival, emergency evacuation shelters will be located at Grant Park North, Grant Park South and Millennium Lakeside Garages, Lollapalooza said.
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