Chicago Tribune staff report
Strong southerly winds have pushed temperatures to near record levels today, but we’ll be back down in the low 60s by next week amid indications May could be the seventh month in a row with below average temperatures.
The reading at O’Hare International Airport at 3 p.m. was 88 degrees, just shy of the record high of 91 for this date set in 1963. It hasn’t been this warm in the Chicago area since Sept. 11, when it hit 91.
The highs will drop to 70s for the weekend, then the 60s for much of next week, according to the National Weather Service. The average for this time of year is 67.According to the Chicago Weather Center, the 6- to 10-day and 8- to 14-day forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center are for cooler than average temperatures overall from May 13 through May 21.Five of the first seven days of May were below average. May could become the seventh straight month with below average temperatures, the weather center reported.