DOWNTOWN — Relief is finally coming to Chicago after a weeklong autumn heat wave.
The city has been on a five-day streak of record-high temperatures that started Wednesday. Every day has seen temperatures in the 90s — and the city even recorded its warmest day of the year when it hit 95 degrees on Saturday.
Monday is predicted to have a high temperature in the mid-90s while Tuesday hits the low 90s, said Ricky Castro, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
But there will be a "noticeable cooldown" Tuesday night, Castro said, and temperatures will fall to the low 70s during the day Wednesday. That's still warmer than the normal temperature for the end of September, but it will "feel way cooler" since it's been so hot recently, Castro said.
"The cooldown definitely arrives tomorrow night, with only low 70s on Wednesday," Castro said.
After that, things get even cooler: Thursday is expected to see temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s; Friday will hit the mid- to upper 60s and Saturday will stick around the mid-60s, Castro said. That's slightly colder than normal for the last day of September.
The week is expected to be mostly dry, but there's a small chance for rain Tuesday evening, Castro said. After that, there's a chance for rain on Friday.
Warmer than Phoenix in late Sept.? Why, yes! Record high temp of 93 deg set at Chicago-ORD on 9/24/17 breaking old record of 91 set in 1891! https://t.co/VhJppyXbt3— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) September 25, 2017
Relief from the heat is finally in sight, but first we have 2 more days left of our Autumnal heat wave! pic.twitter.com/s9D4wN7f6q— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) September 25, 2017