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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 ›

Scorcher: Thursday will be hottest day in nearly 7 years

Thursday is shaping up to be the hottest day in nearly seven years, with highs of 100 degrees or more that could set a new … 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 ›

Dogs cool off in plastic pools at Churchill Field Dog Park on Damen and Bloomingdale avenues earlier this week. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune / June 22, 2012)

Skilling: Pleasant end to the work week

The work week ends with sunshine and warmth but without the humidity that smothered the first half of the week. Friday is to deliver 85-degree … Read more ›

Skilling: Warmest June in 25 years, but relief in sight

The Chicago area will swelter through a third straight day of 90s Wednesday, making June the warmest here in 25 years. But relief is in … Read more ›

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)

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

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 … Read more ›

Monday could be hottest day so far this year

Monday is shaping up to be one of the hottest days of the year so far — if not the hottest — with high humidity … 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 ›

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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 ChicagoWeatherCenter.com, today’s high is expected to be … Read more ›

Skilling: May already nearly 9 degrees warmer than year ago

The return of sunshine today and Friday will boost temperatures well above Wednesday’s sub-par 60-degree high. That reading was the first below normal temperature of … Read more ›