Chicago, USA: Live Weather

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Last updated:

28 Mar
UK Time: 13:01 BST
Local Time: 07:01 CDT
Mostly Cloudy
1°C (34°F)
1mph (2kmh)
  • Sunrise 06:42
  • Sunset 19:10
Temp feels like: 1°C (34°F)
Length of Day: 12h 28m
Pressure: 30" (1025 hpa)
Visiblity: 10 miles (16 km)
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Historic Temperatures for 28th March in Chicago

Average High 11°C (52°F)
Record High 25°C (77°F) (1968)
Average Low 2°C (36°F)
Record Low -12°C (10°F) (1934)

What's The Weather Like In Chicago?

The weather in Chicago, Michigan in the United States, is of a humid continental climate with mild springs, hot / humid summers, cold / snowy winters and crisp autumns. 

It is also known as 'the windy city', due to the channelling of winds between the very tall buildings generally causing strong gusts in the business area, with average wind speeds from 8mph in late summer to 12mph in spring months.

What's The Weather Like At Lake Michigan?

Chicago also experiences microclimates as a result of Lake Michigan. There is a local lake shore breeze which pulls cool air into Chicago making waterfront neighbourhoods slightly cooler in the summer months and warmer in winter. 

What Causes Ice Balls On Form On Lake Michigan?

It takes a special mix of wind turbulence and just the right temperatures to produce ice balls - which is exactly what happened along Lake Michigan shores on Valentine's Day in 2020. Ice balls form when pieces of ice sheet break up near the shore and then stick together as they're rolled around by the water.

Light winds and freezing conditions can cause water to splash around and freeze on the boulders, helping them grow. It's quite a common phenomenon in Lake Michigan, and they're observed along its shores almost every year.

When Is Tornado Season In Chicago?

Precipitation falls from the air which has passed over the Gulf of MexicoTornado season begins in March but the peak for the tornado season is from July to September.

What's Spring Like In Chicago?

In spring in Chicago the highest average daytime temperature is 15ºC and the lowest average temperature is 5ºC. 

Highest and Lowest Spring Temperatures

The highest temperature recorded in spring is 33ºC in May and the lowest temperature recorded is -22ºC in March. Fog is most common in March.

What's Summer Like In Chicago?

In summer the highest average daytime temperature is 28ºC and the lowest average temperature is 16ºC. 

Highest And Lowest Summer Temperatues In Chicago

The highest temperature recorded in summer is 41ºC July and the lowest recorded is 3ºC in June. 

Summer is prone to thunderstorms and June is normally the time with the most storms.  Sometimes summer can be the rainiest season which is a result of hit and miss storms rather than prolonged rain fall.

What's Autumn Like In Chicago?

In autumn the highest average temperature is 17ºC and the lowest average temperature is 6ºC.  The highest temperature recorded in autumn is 36ºC in the month of September and the lowest recorded is -13ºC in the month of November.  Autumn weather can be unpredictable being chilly / rainy or warm / moist.

Winter Weather In Chicago

In winter the highest average temperature is 1ºC and the lowest average temperature is -9ºC. 

Record High And Low Temperatures In Chicago

The highest temperature recorded in winter is 22ºC in February and the lowest recorded is -29ºC in January.  The average winter provides 38 inches of snow, of this snow fall it can be from 10 inches to 98 inches. 

Every three years there is normally a storm which produces a further 10 inches of snow.  The snow normally covers the ground for weeks which is good for skiers but not good for joggers and runners.

It is always a good idea to check the weather forecasts before you book your holiday.

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