Cubs Opening Day weather forecast: dry, with temps in the low 40s

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If you're headed to Wrigley Field for Thursday's Opening Day matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, you're going to want to bundle up.

Most forecasts suggest we'll have a dry afternoon of baseball to kick off the 2023 season, but expect the temperature at first pitch to be in the low-40s with partly cloudy skies. That mirrors, for the most part, what we saw last year for Opening Day at Wrigley Field, which, coincidentally, also showcased these two National League Central foes.

Really, all that matters is there's no precipitation in the forecast. That's always the make or break for Opening Day in Chicago. So dress in layers, and you'll be fine. A pregame stop at Murphy's or your favorite local watering hole can't hurt, either - right?

Chilly temps are part of the Cubs Opening Day experience at Wrigley

No one who's ever taken in the first game of the season at the Friendly Confines is even remotely surprised by weather like this. After all, it's late March in Chicago which is very much a summer city. Growing up, and even to this day, to a degree, I have to remind myself that warmer temperatures will come and going to games then is probably a more enjoyable experience.

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Still, there's something to be said for the atmosphere on Opening Day. Cubs fans feel that expand well beyond the walls of Wrigley Field, emanating throughout Wrigleyville and the city, as a whole. It makes braving some chilly temperatures worth it to take it all in - the smells, sights and sounds of another year of baseball.