THE LOOP — Near-record temperatures and possibly strong thunderstorms could be in store for the Chicago area on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service warned of stifling heat indexes that could reach 100 degrees, while the actual temperature is expected to be in the mid-90s Tuesday. If the temperature hits 97 degrees, it will match the record high set in the city in 1973.
The hot and humid air could create a recipe for strong thunderstorms in the Chicago area overnight, according to the weather service. Currently, there is a 30 percent chance for thunderstorms beginning after midnight.
The most severe storms could include heavy downpours, isolated hail and damaging winds, according to the weather service.
On Wednesday, temperatures are expected to be cooler, with a high of about 80 degrees. A high of about 79 degrees is expected for Thursday and a high of about 87 degrees on Friday.