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Chicago's Rather Alarming Heatwave Just Hit 7 Straight Days Of Record-Breaking Temps

By Stephen Gossett in News on Sep 26, 2017 7:53PM

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This kinda ridiculous, rather alarming fall heat wave will be going out with a bang: Chicago has now officially suffered seven consecutive days of record-breaking heat.

The temperature hit 91 degrees early this afternoon at O'Hare International Airport. That's downright comfy compared to the 91-degree heights we've endured at times over the last week; but it was enough to break the previous record for September 26, which was set in 1998, according to the National Weather Service-Chicago.

Never before on record has Chicago experienced seven consecutive days of 90-degree temperatures in September. Um... yay?

The latest the city had previously ever seen such a run was a late-August/early-September stretch back in 1953.

So while we get to cap off the Great, Late Heatwave of 2017 with a pleasingly round unit of time, we're far more thrilled simply to be capping it off. The predicted high for Wednesday (72 degrees) falls nearly 20 full degrees from Tuesday's 91, according to an insider tip from our Weather Channel app. 'Bout time.