Chicago Weather

Posted by Judy Orr on Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 at 6:46am.

Although the weather changes a bit from downtown Chicago near the lake, Midway airport and the north, west and south/southwest suburbs, the chart below gives you an idea of area averages.

Average Chicago Climate

The following chart shows Chicago weather data from The Weather Channel 2013
Item Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 31 36 47 59 70 80 84 82 75 63 49 35
Low 18 22 31 42 52 62 68 66 58 46 35 23
Avg 22 27 39 50.5 61 71 76 74 66.5 54.5 42 29
Precip" 2.1 2 2.7 3.6 4.1 4.1 4 4 3.3 3.2 3.4 2.6
Snow" 10.8 9.1 5.6 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 .3 1.2 8.5
As you can see from the above chart, we definitely have four distinct seasons.
  • Spring still brings snow and cold temps with our respite being the first spring crocuses blooming, giving a hint of the foliage and warmer weather to come.
  • Summer has also brought some extreme weather. There are 2 high temps recorded of 105 degrees downtown Chicago (July 24, 1934) and 106 degrees in the Midway area on July 13, 1995. I don't mind the heat, it's the humidity that bothers me and we get many humid summer days.
  • Fall is the favorite season for many as we still have warmer days and colorful foliage. But when the leaves start falling we have our fall outdoor job of raking. We get some summer-like days and can also get snow; so fall is a memory of summer and a preview of winter.
  • Winter offers cold temperatures and snow. I have been able to attest to several of the coldest days ever recorded. The coldest day was on January 20, 1985, when it was 27 degrees below zero. I was also witness to the most snow accumulated during a single snowstorm, which was 23 inches. This occurred between January 26 & 27, 1967.

I really dislike winter and the snow, slush, ice and cold weather, which is why we purchased a townhouse in Scottsdale, AZ. We're still too busy to be typical snowbirds able to spend the winter away, but we do like to get out there as much as we can.

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