The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and Chicago’s weather is getting colder and windier.
While Tuesday saw temperatures soar into the upper 50s, a cold front that moved overnight brought strong breezes, a double-digit temperature drop and teenage wind chills, the agency said. NBC 5 Storm team.
Forecast models call for windy Chicago on Wednesday, with partly sunny skies and high temperatures of just 31 degrees. However, a high wind chill of just 19 degrees will make it feel much colder.
The National Weather Service recommends securing loose outdoor items like holiday decorations, as strong winds of up to 40 mph are expected.
The good news is that it won’t quite feel – or look – like winter for the rest of the week. On Thursday, skies are expected to remain partly sunny and temperatures are expected to climb into the mid to upper 30s. And on Friday, forecast models predict a high of 51 degrees.
However, by next week the weather is expected to change again.
The next chance for precipitation, according to NBC 5 Storm Team, is early next week, with a chance of rain Monday and a chance of snow Tuesday.
Two days later, Chicago’s first sunset of the year will occur.
While the day with the least sunlight won’t occur until the winter solstice later this month, the day with the first sunset of the year actually occurs two weeks before that, according to the astronomers.
This year, that date falls on December 8, when the sun will set at exactly 4:21 p.m., according to the Sunrise-Sunset website. After that, sunset will slowly start to happen later, taking eight full days to gain an extra minute.
The winter solstice of 2022 will occur on December 21, just before 4 p.m. This date marks the “shortest day” of the year, which means the region will see its lowest sunshine for the season, at just under nine hours. hours and 11 minutes.
From there, the days will slowly start to get longer, but we won’t get more than 10 hours of sunshine until January 30, according to Sunrise-Sunset.
Even after the solstice, sunrise will continue to occur later in the morning until January 3, when the sun will rise around 7:16 a.m. Later sunsets will help compensate for this change, which means that the city will gradually see more total sunshine. each day even as sunrise occurs later and later.