Currently in Chicago — August 19th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Fantastic Friday

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Fantastic Friday

2. Dodging Weekend Showers

3. Wonderful Start To Next Week

A mostly sunny and warm end to the week will make for a fantastic Friday with highs in the middle 80s. This will be the warmest day we see for quite some time. Some sun at times this weekend but also scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. Early and late in the day are the favored times for rain with highs in the lower 80s Saturday but sliding into the middle 70s Sunday. A sunny start to next week with seasonable temperatures. Mostly sunny Monday through Wednesday with highs near 80°F.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

Pets, according to a new study in PLOS Climate, are often overlooked victims in natural disasters. Researchers looked at data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Shelter Animals Count (SAC) and found that the number of dogs and cats in shelters was still significantly higher up to a year after a major natural disaster, like hurricanes and wildfires.

Failure to account for pets in emergency management plans may endanger humans as well. According to the study, during Hurricane Irene pet owners evacuated at a lower rate than those who did not own pets — of pet owners who didn’t evacuate, 51 percent said they were unable to find adequate shelter for their pets.