What is the highest temperature Chicago ever had?
While the streets and alleys are buzzing with the obnoxious hum of air conditioners, my window A/C is pulling a ‘little engine that could’ and is also working overtime to combat the heat, but its really just keeping my room lukewarm at best. It seems like this week has to be some kind of record for heat, but somehow its not:
“Chicago area temperatures topped 90 degrees for the third straight day on Wednesday, with temperatures reaching 92 degrees by 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The highest ever for June 19 and 20 were 99 and 98.”
Chicago’s record high temperature still dates back several decades, where July 24, 1934 clocked in at 109 degrees.
A confirmed 9 people died, one of whom was only identified as “a negro,” because, yes, that is how old this temperature record is.
Last time Chicago hit 109 degrees, people were cruising around in Ford Model Bs, and gas was only 10 cents a gallon. It happened just 26 years after the last time the Cubs won the world series.
But hey, this is our year right? I think the Cubs can win and I think we can hit 110 before the end of july. Bring it.