Currently in Chicago — July 20th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Hot but no extreme heat

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Here Comes The Sun

2. Hot But No Extreme Heat

3. Wet At Times This Weekend

Our hot July pattern should continue into Saturday with highs near 90°F or just above. Add in the humidity, and it will feel like the lower to middle 90s. Winds off the lake will keep things cooler lakeside, so head there for some relief from the heat. Lake Michigan’s water temperature is a bit more inviting, having warmed into the lower 70s. Mostly sunny days through Friday and then we introduce a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday night and over the weekend. Rain at times this weekend but several dry hours too.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

The June 2022 Global Climate Report came out a few days ago.

The report said that the global surface temperature for June 2022, which was 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average, was the sixth-highest for June, in the 143-year-long recorded history. This month was also 0.08°C (0.14°F) cooler than the warmest June on record, which was in 2019.

June had some very warm temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere with several places across Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa experiencing daily maximum temperatures over 35°C (95°F), with some places reaching 50°C (122°F) during the first week of the month. North America and Africa had their seventh and tenth-warmest June on record, respectively.

The extreme heat that suffocated much of Asia, and now Europe, led to both continents having their second-warmest recorded June as well.

—Aarohi Sheth