Chicago – Temperatures will be on the rise this Wednesday.
The maximums are expected to exceed 70 degrees.
Strong winds could cause problems today.
Winds will pick up during lunch hours fluctuating between 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts that could reach 50 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory that goes into effect at 12 noon and runs until 7 pm on Wednesday.
Low humidity levels, lack of rain, and winds will also keep a large part of the region under red alert due to the danger of spreading fires, especially forest fires.
The authorities exhort extreme caution in ruling out cigarette butts, suggest avoiding cooking outdoors and campfires.
Northeast Illinois will be under the red flag until possibly Saturday.
Chicago will experience a huge drop in temperature starting Thursday.
The mid-50s are forecast for the rest of the week.