Currently in Chicago — July 18th, 2022

Above Average Temps All Week

The weather, currently.

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Above Average Temps All Week

2. Couple Chances Of Rain

3. Sunglasses & Sunscreen

Turning up the heat this week but nothing extreme. Highs should be about 5 degrees above average as the reach well into the 80s to near 90°F each day. A few thunderstorms possible Tuesday night and Friday night, but most of the week will be dry. Sunglasses and sunscreen will be needed each day with mostly sunny skies expected.  Prepare for higher humidity also with the muggiest day coming on Friday.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

Monday and Tuesday are expected to be the two hottest days in UK history, with temperatures forecast to reach 40 deg C (104 deg F) there for the first time ever.

In a conversation with Currently on Sunday, UK Met Office climate scientist Richard Betts issued a strong warning.

“It's clear that the UK is not ready for such high temperatures,” said Betts. “Transport networks, railways, energy systems, buildings and so on — which have been set up for the climate that used to be — are not ready for the temperatures we're expecting.

”Buildings in the UK tend to be built to keep warm in winter, and only 0.5% of residential homes in the UK have air conditioning. For both days, the UK Met Office has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a Red Warning, the nation’s highest weather alert level — equivalent to a national emergency.

This is the first time the UK Met Office has ever issued a forecast of 40 deg C. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom was 38.7 deg C (101.7 deg F) on July 25th in 2019 at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens.

“There's a 90% chance that record is gonna be broken,” said Betts.

Listen to our full conversation with Richard Betts on the UK heatwave.

—Eric Holthaus