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Skilling: We’re on a hot streak not seen since 1977

Corenna King, 10, and her siblings, Corenell, 9, and Cayden, 7, cool off in a lawn sprinkler on Western Avenue in Joliet. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / June 18, 2012)

Corenna King, 10, and her siblings, Corenell, 9, and Cayden, 7, cool off in a lawn sprinkler on Western Avenue in Joliet. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / June 18, 2012)

A second uncomfortable day lies ahead, potentially hotter than Monday, with highs in the middle to upper 90s.

The reading would mark the 12th time this year that the Chicago area has been visited by a 90-plus temperatures. Only one other year — since official weather records began in 1871 — has logged more 90-degree or higher readings by June 19. The year was 1977 and there were 13 days in the 90s by this date.

The warm air covering the Midwest has discouraged the formation of clouds and rain. The brutally hot and often bone-dry summer of 1988 serves as a benchmark for hot summers in the Chicago area. That year produced more 90 and 100-degree temperatures than any other on the record books here — 47 and 7, respectively.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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