More Record Heat for Chicago, Midwest This Week

By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
September 9, 2013; 8:41 AM ET
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Play video Near record-breaking high temperatures Tuesday for Chicago.

As an intense wheel of heat spins across the central and southern Plains, a cold front slowly dropping down from Canada will push the highest temperatures into the Midwest early this week.

In the wake of weekend storminess, Chicago cooled down into the 70s for Sunday, but the respite from summerlike warmth will be short-lived.

Extreme temperatures Sunday from Goodland, Kan., into McCook, Neb., will make a surge into the Midwest on Monday into Tuesday.

On Monday, highs will hit the middle and upper 90s from Omaha, Neb., into Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Saint Louis, Mo. Some spots may even reach the 100-degree mark.

On Tuesday, the heat will make its way into Chicago, with high temperatures nearing the record of 95 degrees, set on Sept. 10, 1983.

Interestingly, one has to go back to Sept. 26, 1998, to find the last time a record high was observed in Chicago for the month of September.

If you have any other outdoor plans the next few days, here are a few helpful ideas for staying safe in the heat from Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital:

- Stay Hydrated. The most important tip is to remember to drink plenty of water. Sports drinks can also restore body fluids, electrolytes, and salt balance.

- Avoid Midday Rays. Stay indoors if possible during peak temperatures, which are typically between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

- Dress Appropriately. Wear loose clothing that allows your body to breath, such as cotton and protect your head and face from the sun by wearing a hat with a brim.

- Limit Intense Activity. Refrain from intensive outdoor activity in high humidity, which can hinder sweat from evaporating quickly and prevent the body from releasing heat effectively.

A strong cold front will cut its way through the sweltering heat on Wednesday, triggering showers and thunderstorms. Much cooler and more refreshing air will arrive late this week into the weekend.


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