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CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago saw its second consecutive day of record heat on Monday, when the temperature reached 95 degrees at O’Hare International Airport early Monday afternoon.
The official temperature at O’Hare reached 95 degrees shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, two degrees higher than the record high temperature for May 28, set in 1953, according to the National Weather Service.
Chicago also broke a record on Sunday, when the high reached 97 degrees, three degrees hotter than the previous record for May 27, set in 1911.
Predicted rain should cool things off a bit later on Monday.
Storms expected to start Monday evening, and could bring temperatures down to the low 80s before the day is over. Some of those storms could be severe, possibly even including hail.
Although Tuesday’s high could reach 84 degrees, the rest of the week is expected to be much cooler, with highs in the low- to mid-60s Wednesday through Friday, and then in the low- to mid-70s Saturday and Sunday.
Monday’s heat will be a challenge for people attending Memorial Day parades in the city and suburbs. Many people were armed with water bottles, umbrellas, hats and other gear to help them keep cool, although their focus was on tributes to our nation’s war heroes.