Chicago is heading into an extended period of time with temperatures below 32 degrees (freezing). What is Chicago’s record for consecutive days below freezing?
Chicago’s record number of consecutive sub-freezing days stands at 43, recorded in the period of December 28, 1976 through February 8, 1977. In our current cold spell, Dec. 24 marked the first sub-freezing day, with a high temperature of 22 degrees. It’s been below freezing ever since then, but we are a long way from the 43-day record.
Temperatures would have to remain at 31 degrees or lower from today through Feb. 4 of 2018 in order to tie the 43-day record, and through Feb. 5 to establish a new record. Those dates are quite a long way off, and we will just have to wait and see what happens. Brrrrrrr!