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Mother Nature does it again: Another 90-degree day

Keith Griff takes break  from unrelenting hesun wipes his eyes from sweshade outside Margie's Candies Chicago.  | Al

Keith Griffin takes a break from the unrelenting heat and sun and wipes his eyes from the sweat in the shade outside Margie's Candies in Chicago. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: June 20, 2012 4:58PM

We’ve done it again.

Or, Mother Nature has.

Wednesday marked the 13th day of 2012 that reached into the 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 4 p.m., the mercury had hit 95 degrees at O’Hare Airport and in Waukegan, the highest in the Chicago area. It was 93 at Midway and 90 at Northerly Island. Aurora and Waukegan saw the mercury hit 93, the weather service reported.

Following Monday’s high of 94 and Tuesday’s 95, Wednesday marked the eighth day over 90 this month and 13th this year. The record high for June 20 was 98 degrees, while the highest ever for June 18 and 19 were 98 and 99.

The number of days in the 90s for the entire year is approaching a record through mid-June.

There have been hotter Junes, however, as there were 16 days in June 1954 that surpassed 90. Of course, there is still time to beat that record.

But relief appears to be on the way: A cool front is expected to move across the area Wednesday night, according to the weather service. Forecasts are for temps in the mid-80s Thursday and through the weekend.

Nightly lows will drop from the mid-70s Wednesday night to the lower 60s Thursday and Friday nights.

The weather service is calling for a 20 percent of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night, and 40 percent chance on Thursday morning.

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