Chilly temps on area beaches to offer quite a contrast with Saturday’s milder inland readings for a 2nd day

Cool lake winds go to work on daytime highs in lakeshore areas Saturday while inland temps surge into the 60s. Area beachgoers will have to settle with low and mid 50s Saturday afternoon while west and southern sections of the Chicago area—the Fox Valley, DeKalb, McHenry County and Rockford to the west and Joliet, Kankakee and Renssalaer, IN to the south—watch afternoon readings surge into the mid to upper 60s.

It’s the 2nd consecutive day cool breezes off Lake Michigan are to produce noteworthy temp variations across the metro area.

Temps varied nearly 30-degrees from the lakeshore to warmest inland areas on Friday

A huge spread in temperatures developed across the area Friday. The coldest lakeshore readings reached no higher than 36-degrees there while Aurora (63), Kankakee (63), Rockford (61), Rensselaer, IN (63) and Joliet checked in with 61. Even warmer were the readings at Pontiac (66) and Morris (65).

Easter Sunday to be the warmest in 4 years

Even warmer temperatures are ahead Sunday with the arrival of well organized southerly winds which are to propel the day’s high temperatures to 75-degrees, making it this area’s warmest Easter in 4 years. Readings as warm as Sunday’s have been infrequent in recent Easters. Only 2 of the past 20 years have registered 70s on the holiday.

City to bask in warmest Easter since 2010

Afternoon temperatures across the Chicago area spanned about 25 degrees Friday afternoon ranging from the mild lower and middle 60s well inland to the chilly middle and upper 30s near the lake chilled by brisk onshore winds. A similar, but less dramatic scenario is on tap for Saturday with lakeside areas warming to near 50 as winds become southeasterly. Spring warmth will flourish across much of the area Easter Sunday as gusty south winds boost afternoon temperatures into the middle and upper 70s bring the city it warmest Easter since 2010 when the mercury peaked at 76 degrees. Dry weather is expected to prevail through the weekend with the first chance of precipitation coming in the form of showers and thunderstorms on Monday afternoon and evening ahead of an approaching cold front.

Delightful photos from this early Spring season

And from Wadsworth, IL comes this beautiful sunset shot taken last evening by Kathy Stinson.  The orangish-red hues are quite beautiful! Photo courtesy of Kathy Stinson, Wadsworth, IL

And from Wadsworth, IL comes this beautiful sunset shot taken last evening by Kathy Stinson. The orangish-red hues are quite beautiful!
Photo courtesy of Kathy Stinson, Wadsworth, IL

A series of beautiful spring sunsets--this one in Lake Geneva from Shirley Latte. Photo courtesy of Shirley Latte, Lake Geneva, IL

A series of beautiful spring sunsets–this one in Lake Geneva from Shirley Latte.
Photo courtesy of Shirley Latte, Lake Geneva, IL

Wes Carrasquillo sends us this shot of a cardinal out taking in Thursday's 60-degree temps in Aurora. Photo courtesy of Wes Carrasquillo, Aurora, IL

Wes Carrasquillo sends us this shot of a cardinal out taking in Thursday’s 60-degree temps in Aurora.
Photo courtesy of Wes Carrasquillo, Aurora, IL

ASK TOM WHY: Do you crack the windows in your house during a tornado?

Dear Tom,

I have heard you should crack the windows in your house during a tornado. Please give me your thoughts.

Rich Middleton, Rockford

Dear Rich,

Do NOT do that. It’s a notion conclusively laid to rest by research conducted in 1977 by an engineering team at Texas Tech’s Institute for Disaster Research and further discredited by all that’s now known about how tornadoes work. Opening windows in or near tornadoes is a useless exercise and a waste of precious time that ought to be used in getting yourself and those you are responsible for to a safer location. In fact, it may actually contribute to damage to the house.The pressure drop in the strongest tornadoes is about 10 percent, and that pressure decline can be vented by the normal openings in a house in just three seconds, even with the windows closed.