The weather, currently.
Takeaways for Chicago's weather:
1. Gusty Winds Heat Up Our Thursday
2. Wonderful First Weekend Of July
3. Only Spotty Showers For The 4th
Gusty southwest winds with plenty of sunshine will help highs soar into the lower 90s on Thursday. More clouds and a few scattered showers and thunderstorms will cool Friday back to more seasonable levels of warmth with highs in the lower 80s. Middle to upper 80s for highs Saturday through the 4th of July but cooler lakeside. A mix of sun and clouds expected Saturday through early next week. Most of the weekend should be dry and partly cloudy but a spotty shower can’t be ruled out for Monday’s holiday.
What you need to know, currently.
Seville, one of the hottest cities in Spain, officially has the world’s first heat wave naming and rating system.
This comes after the country experienced its hottest first two weeks of June ever in its recorded history. Seville’s Mayor Juan Espadas addressed the need to create a culture of awareness around heat waves in a statement.
“Extreme heat waves are becoming more frequent and devastating as a direct effect from climate change. Local governments should address the threat heat poses to our populations, particularly the most vulnerable, by raising awareness of heat-health related hazards through evidence based data and science,” said Mayor Espadas.
With the new system, which launched last week on the summer solstice, Seville, will categorize each heatwave on a scale from 1 to 3 based on several factors, including daytime and nighttime temperatures, the heat index and humidity. Expected health impacts on residents will also be considered in the system, particularly those that are the most vulnerable, like the elderly and those that are unhoused or living with underlying health conditions.
Each category of heat wave calls for different public services––like extreme weather alerts and emergency response efforts that send community health teams to check on people or opening air-conditioned cooling centers to provide people a moment of relief.
Heat waves that fall under Category 3 will be assigned names in reverse alphabetical order, starting with Zoe, Yago and Xenia.
Other cities, like Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Missouri and Athens have started similar programs.
— Aarohi Sheth