Currently in Chicago— May 3rd, 2022

The weather, currently.

When will spring really start?

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Cooler Pattern Through Friday

2. Best Chance Of Rain Tuesday

3. Warming Up This Weekend

Spring still seems like it is on hold. A wind off the lake through Friday will keep us cooler than average all week. Highs will climb to near 50°F Tuesday, lower 50s Wednesday and then upper 50s for Thursday and Friday. By Sunday, our highs should be right around average in the upper 60s. Best chance of rain Tuesday, then more scattered showers Thursday and Friday before drying out for the weekend.

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Tim McGill

What you need to know, currently.

Today, we published a piece by Currently’s founder Eric Holthaus, about the weeks-long heatwave blanketing India and Pakistan.

“Translated into heat stress on human bodies, this heatwave has approached ‘uninhabitable’ levels — and is a preview of truly dangerous climate change in one of the most heat-vulnerable places on Earth,” Holthaus writes.

This year’s March and April were the hottest months in North and Central India’s 122-year-long record. Preliminary data also suggests that this April is the fourth hottest in India’s entire climatic history.

Similarly in Pakistan, this March was the hottest on record since 1961. On Sunday, temperatures reached 121.1°F (49.5°C) in Nawabshah, which is the hottest temperature on record in the Northern Hemisphere so far this year. The country has also been hit with emergency power outages and heat illness amid Ramadan, the holy month during which Muslim people fast from sunrise to sunset.

And, the worst of the heatwave is yet to come.

“That makes heat wave prevention across South Asia one of the most urgent climate priorities across the entire world,” Holthaus writes. “The easiest way to do that, according to the UN, is to implement heatwave early warning systems that prioritize care for those most vulnerable, and to greatly limit greenhouse gas emissions everywhere on Earth."

Read the full article: The South Asia heat wave is the “emergency” phase of climate change