Today Marks Chicago’s 40th Day of 90°+ For Year, Only 7 Off Record of 47 Set In 1988

It’s sure been a long hot summer not only for Chicago but for much of the Midwest and nation with as many as 33 days of 100°+ in Wichita, KS, 24 in Oklahoma City, OK and 22 in Dallas, TX. A hot summer which seems to have started back in March which of course saw super warmth and records which tumbled left right and centre by stunning margins of 20-40°.

For Chicago, today marks an amazing 40th day of 90° or higher. This makes it only 7 off a tie for the most 90s in a year which was 47 set back during the scorching summer of 1988. With the way this summer has went, the record may be threatened despite cooling over the Great Lakes coming up later this week and further out into August. Given the kind of year 2012 has been, despite the natural waning of temperatures as we push towards the later part of August and the summer, anything is possible this year and so the record of 47 90° days is potentially at risk.

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