Chicagoans were sent digging for their jackets over the weekend as temperatures plunged to record-setting lows.
Saturday’s high temperature only hit 65 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, beating the previous record for the coldest high temperature recorded in Chicago on that day (69 degrees in 1981) by an astounding four degrees, WGN reports.
As ABC Chicago noted, Saturday’s temperature was more typical of a mid-October day. The weekend was the coldest July weekend seen in the city in decades. According to the Chicago Weather Center blog, parts of interior Alaska were warmer than it was in the Windy City on Saturday.
The temperature rebounded slightly on Sunday — to a high of 69 degrees — but were still about 20 degrees cooler than the average high for this time of year, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Temperatures are expected to return to 80 degrees later this week, but temperatures will remain slightly lower than average.