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World Series 2016: Turn to damp, cooler weather awaits players, fans at Wrigley Field

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After a mild Game 3, fans and players will face a turn to damp and cooler weather for Games 4 and 5, respectively, at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The Cleveland Indians took a 2-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs after winning a mild Game 3 on Friday night. Games 4 and 5 at Wrigley Field will determine whether a champion is crowned in Chicago or if the series returns to Cleveland on Tuesday.

The first pitch for Game 4 is slated for 7:08 p.m. CDT on Saturday evening.

Game 4

Saturday evening will bring the return of damp conditions to Chicago and Wrigley Field.

Following the passage of a cold front, moist air flowing in from Lake Michigan will lead to numerous clouds and patchy drizzle developing during the game. Steadier and moderate rainfall will hold off until after midnight.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Doll expects the rain intensity to be light, and "there is a 60- to 70-percent chance Game 4 will be completed without a delay."

"Though, fans should plan on bringing a waterproof jacket or poncho."

After batters failed to take advantage of the gusty winds that would have carried deep-hit balls to the warning track or beyond, winds will be less favorable for batters on Saturday evening.

"Winds on Saturday night will blow in from center field at 6-12 mph," Doll said.

The slight wind will also usher in cooler air, but it will still be mild by late-October standards. Temperatures will be in the lower 60s for the game's first pitch before falling to the upper 50s.

Temperatures in the upper 50s are more common during the warmer afternoon hours this time of year in Chicago.

Game 5

Rain gear will not be needed for Game 5 as any rain starting on Sunday will depart Chicago by the midday hours.

High pressure will then build overhead for the evening hours, promoting dry weather and continuing to usher in seasonably cooler air.

"Of the three World Series games at Wrigley Field, Sunday night's game will feature the coolest conditions," Doll said.

However, temperatures will still be 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the chill both teams experienced during Game 2, when a first pitch temperature of 43 F was recorded.

Fans will not want to leave their jackets at home or in hotel rooms as temperatures should slowly fall through the lower 50s underneath a partly cloudy sky.

A slight wind will hold AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures to the upper 40s.

The winds will once again favor the pitchers over the batters on Sunday evening, according to Doll. "Winds will blow in from right field at 6-12 mph."

Cleveland weather outlook

If Chicago wins either of the remaining games at Wrigley Field and the series returns to Cleveland, mild weather awaits fans and players at Progressive Field.

Warmer air will surge back into northern Ohio for the first two days of November. Temperatures will rise 10-15 degrees above normal to afternoon highs in the lower 70s.

Temperatures each evening of Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be in the 60s with the prospect of rain low.

A south to southwest wind ushering in the mild air would help to carry any fly balls deeper into the outfield or the stands.