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Rainy week in store for Chicago

Several brief tornadoes were reported as severe thunderstorms with damaging hail hit the Chicago area late Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
A pedestrian walks down State Street with an umbrella during a rainstorm. | Sun-Times file photo

Wet weather that moved into the Chicago region Sunday night into Monday morning is expected to stick around intermittently for most of the week.

Moderate to heavy rain, along with a few thunderstorms, moved into the area overnight and continued through Monday’s morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.

While the rain is expected to taper off through Monday afternoon, more showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected Tuesday, the weather service said. The rain could continue through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The storms could become more severe on Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday afternoon, according to a hazardous weather outlook from the weather service. Stronger downpours could cause ponding of water and localized flooding.

A chance of showers is also predicted for Thursday and Thursday night, according to the weather service. High temperatures are expected to remain in the low 50s through Tuesday before rising into the 60s on Wednesday and Thursday.

Things should clear up by the end of the week, with forecasters predicting a mostly sunny Friday with a high near 60 degrees.