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
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
that is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.
The temperatures hit 100 at
about 4 p.m.,
, and 98 at O'Hare International Airport.
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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