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Sharp cooldown to follow warm, muggy Sunday

It was warm and muggy across the Chicago area Sunday as temperatures in the lower 80s, coupled with dew points around 70, produced a sultry day. Some widely scattered showers and thunderstorms developed during the afternoon and evening, bringing brief downpours and gusty winds — primarily to areas northwest and southeast of Chicago, while much of the city and close-in suburbs escaped the rain.

The warmth will linger Monday, as highs peak near 80 but with noticeably lower humidity. Sharply cooler weather will arrive for Tuesday and Wednesday as gusty northwest winds usher in a late spring chill that will keep afternoon highs here struggling to reach 60. Readings will slowly reach back to the lower 70s by the weekend, with the next chance of significant rain likely to hold off until Sunday, when a storm system approaches from the Plains.

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