Two days in a row of record-high temps
Updated: May 28, 2012 9:17PM
With a mark of 95 degrees reached just before 1 p.m. Monday, Chicago has now had two consecutive days of record-breaking high temperatures.
Sunday’s high temperature of 97 degrees not only broke the old record for May 27 but it was also the earliest recorded date that Chicago has seen a 97-degree day, according to the National Weather Service.
The record high temperature for May 28 in Chicago, set in 1977, was 93 degrees, up until 12:51 p.m. Monday, when the official temperature at O’Hare International Airport recahed 95 degrees, according to the weather service.
Some rain and thunderstorms expected Monday afternoon and evening will usher in some cooler temperatures.
Weather watchers are currently tracking a storm near northwest suburban Lakewood that could bring gusty, 40 mile-per-hour winds and half-inch hailstones to parts of McHenry and Lake counties, according to the weather service.
Overall, the Chicago area will see a 50 percent chance of storms tonight and lows in the mid-60s. Scattered thunderstorms still moving in from the west could bring 60 mile-per-hour winds, heavy rain and cloud-to-ground lightning later this evening, according to the weather service.
A severe thunderstorm watch is already in effect for several Wisconsin counties along the Illinois border, and a severe thunderstorm warning is impacting towns along the Illinois-Iowa border.
Tuesday will be sunny and breezy, but not as hot, with high temperatures in the lower 80s. Tuesday night was expected to be clear, with lows in the lower 50s.