Currently in Chicago — May 24th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Feeling like summer by this weekend

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Cool Pattern Comes To An End

2. Wednesday Will Be Wettest Day Of The Week

3. Turning Up The Heat For Memorial Day

Still just a bit below average for Tuesday with highs in the middle 60s with only 50s along the lakefront. More clouds than sun Tuesday then wet Wednesday with showers and thunderstorms. Warmer Wednesday too with highs back into the middle 70s or near normal. A few lingering showers on Thursday and slipping back into the upper 60s. Dry Friday through Sunday and warmer by the weekend. Lower 70s Friday, near 80°F Saturday and then into the 80s for Sunday and Memorial Day.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

The global power grid is in for the test of all tests this summer. In fact, because of climate change’s various effects, including heat waves, droughts and wildfires, many areas in the U.S. are at risk of blackouts this summer.

Hot, sweltering summers mean more people need power to cool their homes. But as rising temperatures increase the demand for electricity, droughts reduce the amount of power available.

According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation annual summer assessment released last week, the Upper Midwest is facing a capacity shortfall — which is when the demand for energy is greater than the supply that’s available — resulting in a higher risk of energy emergencies, like blackouts.

The West Coast could also face a power shortage emergency. Drought conditions in the West also means that there is less water for hydroelectric power and in turn, power plants.

All in all, the climate crisis is threatening the power grid.

—Aarohi Sheth