The suburbs will be scorched by yet another heat wave early this week, with temperatures expected to hit 100 degrees both today and Tuesday, possibly breaking a 125-year-old record.
AccuWeather.com reported it was 94 degrees at 1 p.m., headed for 100 with a real feel of 103. A air quality alert has been issued until 7 p.m.
“Both (today) and Tuesday, we’re going to be right around 100 degrees,” AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andy Mussoline said. “Tuesday really looks like an oppressive day across the area.”
Dozens of weather records already have been broken in Chicago this summer, and this latest hot spell could lead to more. The record high temperature in Chicago both today and Tuesday is 100 degrees, set back in 1887 and 1942, respectively.
It’s not just the Chicago area suffering.
This summer’s historic heat has broken 25,000 records across the country, Mussoline said. The lack of rain also has led to a severe drought across the Midwest.
“The amount of temperature records we’ve broken has been incredible,” Mussoline said.
“The drought brings on more heat, and the heat brings on more drought.”Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.