Even though Chicago has had completely tolerable weather the last three days, June and the first few days of July took their toll. Since the beginning of meterological summer on June 1st, Chicago has had the hottest summer ever, with only 26% of normal rainfall:
Its 24.7°C average temperatures is running 3.8°C above the long term (142-year) average and 2.9°C above the same period a year ago. Wednesday is to bring the metro area's 14th consecutive day of above normal temperatures.
July's abundant sunshine has month on track to end up one of the area's three or four sunniest.
It's not surprising at all to learn that not only is the summer season is the warmest on the books, it also ranks among the three or four sunniest Julys on record here with 86 percent of the area's possible sun--well above the 68 percent considered normal.
It's just over 30°C now, and forecast to hit 32°C at the lakefront by Saturday (and today, inland).
Brief respite over, I suppose. I even had the windows open the last couple of mornings.