Summer scorcher: Highs in 90s continue
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE August 27, 2013 8:58AM
Updated: August 27, 2013 2:09PM
Chicago faced another scorcher Tuesday, but it’s unlikely to break any records,
Temperatures in Chicago could reach the 94 degrees Tuesday afternoon, with a heat index between 98 and 103 degrees, the National Weather Service said. That still won’t be enough to the record high of 97 degrees set in 1973.
The weather service is also predicting a chance of strong thunderstorms resulting from the hot and humid conditions for Tuesday evening, which could include heavy downpours and hail up to one-inch in diameter.
The storms are expected to develop over central Wisconsin and could pass through portions of Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana.
Several suburban school districts have closed or plan to release students early on Tuesday because of the heat.
Taft School District 90 in Lockport will dismiss students at 1:30 p.m., according to the district website. Waukegan Public School District 60, West Aurora School District 129, Lyons Township High School District 204 and Proviso High Schools District 209 will also dismiss students early.
Meadowview and Woodview schools in Grayslake will be closed on Tuesday because of the heat and humidity.
In Chicago, Josephinum Academy at 1501 N. Oakley also dismissed students early on Tuesday, according to the school’s website, while blown fuses in a transformer led to a power failure and the busing of students from Mollison Elementary at 4415 S. King Dr. to other facilities late Tuesday morning.
Conditions are expected to cool down slightly for the rest of the week, with highs of 84 in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures could be back in the 90s for the weekend, however.
Cooling centers are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Department of Human Services locations throughout the city.