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updated: 7/18/2012 5:27 AM

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Hotter days may lie ahead

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  • Carlos Faria, 10, right, Brain Haro, 10, and Andrew Faria, 8, all of Round Lake Beach, cool off in the fountains at Grayslake Park District Spray Park Tuesday trying to keep cool in the heat. The temperatures soared toward 100 degrees for another day, adding to the extremely hot summer.

       Carlos Faria, 10, right, Brain Haro, 10, and Andrew Faria, 8, all of Round Lake Beach, cool off in the fountains at Grayslake Park District Spray Park Tuesday trying to keep cool in the heat. The temperatures soared toward 100 degrees for another day, adding to the extremely hot summer.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Nicole Garcia, 17, left, and Aaron Jackson, 18, are exhausted after coaching tennis at Grayslake Central High School's summer tennis camp Tuesday. The temperatures soared toward 100 degrees for another day, adding to the extremely hot summer.

       Nicole Garcia, 17, left, and Aaron Jackson, 18, are exhausted after coaching tennis at Grayslake Central High School's summer tennis camp Tuesday. The temperatures soared toward 100 degrees for another day, adding to the extremely hot summer.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Eric Anderson and other workers fight through the another day of temperatures approaching 100 degree as they set up Zoppé, an Italian family circus, in front of Caputo's Fresh Market on Lake Street in Addison.

       Eric Anderson and other workers fight through the another day of temperatures approaching 100 degree as they set up Zoppé, an Italian family circus, in front of Caputo's Fresh Market on Lake Street in Addison.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Staying safe in heat

    Graphic: Staying safe in heat

 
 

Getting tired of 100-degree temperatures?

Thus far, Chicago and the suburban area has seen four 100-degree days this summer, just three shy of breaking a record set in 1988, said Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The high for today was 99 degrees at about 3:15 p.m. at O'Hare International Airport.

"We are forecast to hit 100 degrees today," Friedlein said.

It's likely the 1988 record will be broken this summer, though perhaps not immediately. Some respite from the heat is expected starting Wednesday with cooler weather sweeping through from the north. However, temperatures will be back in the upper 90s next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The Chicago area gets 100-degree temperatures once every other year on average. Before this year, the last time Chicago hit 100 was on July 24, 2005, Friedlein said.

"In the 140 years of Chicago records, there's been 100-degree temperatures on 65 of those days," he said. "This is a higher end summer. It's very rare to have the heat that we are (experiencing)."

There's also been a prolonged dryness with moderate to severe drought conditions across northern Illinois and northern Indiana.

"The dryness does not look to be breaking anytime in the next week," Friedlein said. "There is a chance for storms tonight and tomorrow night across Chicago. It is not going to be widespread and not enough to put any kind of a dent in the drought."

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