Wait, What? Chicago Sets Record High for 7th Straight Day
Another day, another record high temperature obliterated in the Windy City.
Chicago, Illinois set a record high of 92° on Tuesday, making it the seventh-straight day the city has set a new heat record. It will conclude a remarkable run of early autumn scorching temps, including the year’s hottest temperature of 95°, measured on Saturday. The average high for this time of year is only in the low 70s, making this type of heat even more incredible.
But it hasn’t been anywhere close so far this week, with highs reaching 92° for seven straight days, only the 10th time on record that’s ever happened.
It’s all come as a result of a sharp trough-ridge pattern across the lower 48. Across the West, a big ‘dip’ in the jet stream is funneling in much cooler and even snowier weather in the higher elevations across the West. That same trough, however, has also built in a big ridge in the East, promoting big time heat across much of the eastern half of the country.
The hot weather, though, comes to a close as early as Wednesday, when much more seasonable temperatures arrive behind a strong cold front , and it should stay that way through the rest of the week and the upcoming weekend.
Stay cool for the next few hours before the cold front arrives!
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi