Chicago weather: Heat wave begins on Father's Day

High temperatures were set in most locations across Chicagoland by early Friday afternoon.

As a lake breeze pushed inland, temperatures dropped into the 70s near the lake, and that cooler air would continue to move further inland through the afternoon. Aside from some lake fog near the lakeshore, most areas were set to enjoy sunshine for the rest of the day.

Friday night will be mostly clear, with skies becoming partly cloudy on Saturday. Temperatures will peak in the low to mid-80s on Saturday before a significant warm-up on Father's Day.

The weekend will end on a hot and humid note with temperatures soaring into the low to mid-90s on Sunday afternoon. While most areas will remain dry on Father's Day, there is a small chance for a few pop-up showers or storms in the afternoon.

Looking ahead to next week, there won't be much relief from the heat. Daily highs are expected to remain in the low to mid-90s through at least Thursday.

Tips to Beat the Heat

  • Stay hydrated – drink lots of water, AVOID alcohol, caffeine, sodas.
  • Stay inside, if you do not have air conditioning, keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
  • Keep electric lights off or turned down.
  • Minimize use of your oven and stove.
  • Wear loose, light, cotton clothing.
  • Take cool baths and showers.
  • Do not leave anyone (including pets) in a parked car, even for a few minutes.

Chicago Cooling Centers

The City of Chicago’s cooling areas operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week. Visitors are required to wear a face covering while in the cooling areas.

  • Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th Street
  • Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave. (24 Hours)
  • King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove
  • North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.
  • South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
  • Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave.


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