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Temperatures hit 101 at Midway

Temperatures hit 101 at Midway
Lifeguard Phil Schroeder, 19, of Palatine watches a young summer camper go down the frog slide at the Family Aquatic Center in Palatine on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune)

A day of oppressively hot, dry weather -- one that included a high of 101 at Midway International Airport --  could give way to strong thunderstorms later tonight, officials said.

The National Weather Service's

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for today includes a combination of heat and humidity that is expected to push heat indices to 105 across northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. The agency also issued a

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that is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.

The temperatures hit 100 at

Midway

about 4 p.m.,

, and 98 at O'Hare International Airport.

WGN-TV meteorologist

Tom Skilling

said that it got hotter still at Midway soon after, with a reading of 101 degrees at at 4:20 p.m. Skilling also said that it got as hot as 100 on the Chicago lakefront and in Joliet.

Meteorologists also cautioned that dry and windy conditions, particularly in the southern suburbs, could lead to a heightened danger of uncontrolled fires. A cold front moving into the area late this evening could generate severe thunderstorms.

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