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Weather in Chicago

The best time to visit Chicago is during the spring and autumn, although both seasons run the risk of rain or thunderstorms. Summertime in the city spells warm, sunny days, with temperatures generally between 26°C (78°F) and 33°C (92°F). But temperatures can soar easily to 38°C (92°F), often combined with heavy humidity, which can make things very sticky and uncomfortable. Winters are brutally cold, when snowfall and cold air from Canada drive temperatures way down. There's also the chill factor, thanks to gusty winds from Lake Michigan. Temperatures can fall below freezing for several consecutive days and snowfall is common.

Guidetype and fpcity weatherwtg_cforecast_table
Weather (day) Temp (max day) Rain (mm) Wind (mph) Humidity Pressure Visibility
Monday
Cloudy
Cloudy skies
19
°C
0.1
7
nne
80-100%
1017 mb
good
Tuesday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
14
°C
0.1
11
ne
40-60%
1024 mb
good
Wednesday
ModRain
Moderate rain
13
°C
14.5
13
e
80-100%
1016 mb
moderate
Thursday
OccLightRain
Light drizzle
15
°C
2.8
7
nne
80-100%
1008 mb
poor
Friday
Sunny
Sunny skies
19
°C
0
7
n
0-20%
1019 mb
good
Saturday
Sunny
Sunny skies
23
°C
0.5
14
sw
0-20%
1011 mb
good
Sunday
Sunny
Sunny skies
21
°C
0
8
wnw
20-40%
1013 mb
good
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Last updated: 2019-05-06 21:18:12
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Symbols indicate the predominant weather for the day in question, calculated based on a weighting of different types of weather. So if a day is forecast to be sunny with the possibility of a brief shower, then we will see a sunny or partly cloudy symbol rather than a rain cloud.
The maximum temperature is the highest temperature forecast between dawn and dusk, and the minimum temperature is the lowest temperature expected from dusk on the day in question to dawn the next day. The temperature is in °C, or Celsius.
Wind speed and direction are the conditions expected at midday. Wind direction is based on a 16 point compass. W, SW, SSW, etc. The wind direction states where the wind originates. Wind speed is listed in MPH or miles per hour.
Humidity levels indicates how much water vapour the air contains compared to the maximum it could contain at that temperature. As a general guide:
  • 0 to 30 is very low
  • 31 to 50 is low
  • 51 to 70 is moderate to low
  • 71 to 80 is moderate
  • 81 to 90 is moderate to high
  • 91 to 100 is high
Pressure is measured in millibars (mb)
Visibility based on whether the human eye can see the following distances:
  • Very poor - less than 1km
  • Poor - between 1km and 4km
  • Moderate - between 4km and 10km
  • Good - between 10km and 20km
  • Very good - between 20km and 40km
  • Excellent - more than 40km
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