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The Chicago skyline and swimmers are lit by the setting sun off Westchester, Ind. (Alex Garcia /Chicago Tribune) (Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune / June 27, 2012)

101 degrees today? Maybe, maybe not

Even though downtown Chicago baked in 97-degree heat at midday, the National Weather Service said it was looking less likely — but still possible — … Read more ›

Heatwave expected to move in by midweek

Officials are expecting three-digit temperatures to move into the area Thursday following a brief cold front that may produce scattered thunderstorms tonight. Meteorologist Paul Dailey … Read more ›

Hot, but high temperature falls short of hottest day of year

Temperatures today at O’Hare International Airport hit 94 degrees briefly, three degrees shy of tying the warmest day of the year so far. Tuesday and Wednesday could … Read more ›

Skilling: Canadian front to cool things off for a few days

Chicago has logged four consecutive days of highs in the 80s or above, and Monday will be the fifth; however, the string ends. A cold … Read more ›

Skilling: Coolest weather in weeks on the way

The heat is over, at least for the foreseeable future. A huge realignment is underway across the Lower 48 and is likely to slash more … Read more ›

Gavin Schmidt of Hoffman Estates plays with his son, Logan, 3, in the Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain in downtown Chicago. (William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune / May 28, 2012)

After another record high at 95, thunderstorms threaten

Temperatures hit 95 degrees around 1 p.m. today as Chicago set a record for the second straight day. A storm system to the west and … Read more ›

Welcome to summer: Skilling predicts 97 degrees

Lots of heat and humidity are on the menu for the  Memorial  Day weekend, with an especially hot Sunday looming. According to the forecast from … Read more ›

(Tribune illustration / March 10, 2012)

Old Illinois weather records remarkably accurate

The keepers of the oldest known official Illinois weather records relied on glass thermometers and observations, but recent research finds their data to be remarkably … Read more ›


Chicago could get its first 90-degree day of 2012 today

Portions of the Chicago area could experience 90-degree temperatures for the first time this year today. According to, today’s high is expected to be … Read more ›

Beautiful start to day, but storms may arrive for afternoon rush hour

Chicago’s day started beautifully with sunshine and warmth, but it won’t end that pretty. According to the Chicago Weather Center, a cold front is on … Read more ›