Updated: August 25, 2013 10:45AM
It’s not quite time to put the beach gear away — an end of summer heat wave is headed for the Chicago area over the next three days.
The temperature Sunday is expected to be close to 90 degrees and could reach into the mid-90s Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
“We’re looking at readings 10 to 15 degrees higher than normal,” said Mike Bardou, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville. “It’s not very often that we see readings this warm this late in the summer.”
Wednesday will be cooler, with a high around 77 degrees, according to the weather service.
Forecasted highs over the next three days are below the records, but close, Bardou said. This summer has not been quite as hot as years past, and the effects of heat are cumulative.
This July, the average high was about 81 degrees and last July, the average high was 91 degrees, according to the weather service.
The weather service advises Chicagoans to drink plenty of water, try to schedule activities for early morning or after sunset, and to wear light-colored and loose fitting clothing.