Currently in Chicago — June 14th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Searing summer heat is here

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. A Torrid Tuesday

2. 90s Through Thursday

3. Wednesday Night Storms

Dangerous levels of heat hit this week. The combination of heat and humidity on Tuesday will make it feel like 102°F to 107°F. A heat advisory continues until 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Plenty of sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday. Heat index values Wednesday will only be slightly cooler as it will feel like 99 to 104 degrees with actual highs in the upper 90s. Some strong thunderstorms possible Wednesday night and then another scorcher Thursday with party to mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower 90s. Cooling off into the 80s for Friday through the weekend with cooler 70s lakeside.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

A lake in Chile has turned into a desert, amid a 13-year-long drought.

The Peñuelas reservoir, which sits in central Chile, was the main water source for the entire city of Valparaiso, until twenty years ago. At one point, the reservoir held enough water to fill 38,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Now, it holds enough for just two.

Chile has long been at the center of the South American water crisis, pushing the capital of Santiago to make tentative plans for water rationing. The country’s economy has also suffered; Chile is the world’s largest copper producer, with an economy largely dependent on mining. Without water, however, which the industry relies on heavily for processing, there is no mining. This has affected the livelihoods of Chilean farmers and animal breeders everywhere.

While extreme weather patterns continue to shift, the impacts of the drought can continue to be mitigated, albeit temporarily. But, its long-term future is dependent on the extent of human emissions and human-induced climate change.

— Aarohi Sheth