Currently in Chicago — July 13th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Cooler couple of days

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Cooler Couple Of Days

2. Dry Through Friday

3. More Unsettle This Weekend

Dew points are dropping and that means a more comfortable couple of days. A bit below average Wednesday with highs in the lower 80s and just middle 70s lakeside. We start off with a few clouds but clear out with plenty of sunshine overall. Sunny skies on Thursday and even cooler with highs in the upper 70s to near 80°F for most but lower 70s lakeside. Partly cloudy for Friday with lower 80s with more humidity.  Lower to middle 80s this weekend with some scattered showers and thunderstorms possible but not a washout. There will be several dry hours Saturday and Sunday.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

Last month was the hottest June in the Houston’s history.

The city saw temperatures of 103°F (39.4°C), breaking the previous daily high temperature record for July 11th, 1998 at Hobby Airport and tying the 1980 record at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Houstonians are under heat advisories and excessive heat warnings as temperatures reached 105°F Sunday — the hottest July day in Houston’s history. And, the state’s power grid operator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, issued an appeal Monday asking residents to limit their use of electricity, as the heat drove up demand.

On Monday, a new, unofficial peak record of total power demand was set at 78.3 gigawatts, surpassing the previous record of 78.2 on July 8th, 2022. There is the possibility of rolling blackouts for the next few days as well.

While this heat wave is extreme, Houston and the upper Texas coast are expected to move out of the blistering, triple-digit temperatures after Tuesday. But, the heat isn’t disappearing any time soon.

—Aarohi Sheth