After last week’s hot, muggy weather Chicago residents should prepare for even higher temperatures in the coming days.
Real feel temperatures (known as the heat index by climatologists) could reach up to 105 degrees on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service Chicago.
Tuesday will be the coolest day all week with a high temperature of 80 degrees. There’s a chance of small scattered thunderstorms which could make the weather feel more humid and sticky. As the heat and humidity build, Thursday and Friday could be the hottest with highs in the mid-90s. In most areas, the heat indices will be above 100 degrees on Thursday and continue on that trend until Saturday.
However, remnants from Tropical Storm Barry could knock down the temperatures a few degrees, meteorologist Charles Mott said. Breezy southwest winds might provide a bit of relief from the heat, too.
Since this is some of the first extreme heat we’ve had this summer, the weather service reminds Chicagoans that its important to stay prepared. The oppressive heat means people attending outdoor festivals or living without air conditioning should find ways to keep cool and drink lots of water. Perhaps heading to the park’s public pools or diving into Lake Michigan at one of the city’s beaches.