Historical Record High Temperatures

With the recent warm weather, have you wondered what the record high temperatures are for Chicago and elsewhere? In the last few years, a group composed of NWS, Regional Climate Centers, and State Climatologists stitched together the weather records for 270 major metropolitan areas. The results of this project can be found at http://threadex.rcc-acis.org/

The sites in Illinois include Chicago, Moline, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield. Amongst other things, the program reports the daily record high and low temperature and precipitation.

Here I selected the record highs for Chicago and pulled out the results for September. The program gives you the top three candidates and their dates.

Threaded Climate Extremes for Chicago Area, IL
Period of record: 1872 - 2009
Date	Highest Maximum Temperatures (degrees F)
Top 	Record		2nd Record	3rd Record
9/1	101 in 1953	96 in 1984	95 in 1960+
9/2	101 in 1953	98 in 1922	97 in 1913
9/3	97 in 1953	95 in 1960	95 in 1947
9/4	95 in 1983	95 in 1960	95 in 1954
9/5	98 in 1899	97 in 1954	95 in 1983+
9/6	97 in 1960	97 in 1954	96 in 1990+
9/7	100 in 1960	100 in 1939	99 in 1985
9/8	96 in 1960	96 in 1959	96 in 1933+
9/9	95 in 1983	95 in 1959	95 in 1955
9/10	95 in 1983	94 in 1964	94 in 1931+
9/11	95 in 1952	92 in 1908	92 in 1895
9/12	96 in 1952	94 in 1939	93 in 1962
9/13	98 in 1939	95 in 1927	94 in 2005+
9/14	99 in 1939	95 in 1927	95 in 1893
9/15	99 in 1939	94 in 1927	92 in 1955
9/16	92 in 1955	92 in 1931	89 in 1948+
9/17	93 in 1955	90 in 1988	90 in 1891
9/18	94 in 1955	92 in 1953	90 in 1963+
9/19	93 in 1955	92 in 1963	92 in 1948
9/20	91 in 1931	91 in 1895	90 in 1980+
9/21	92 in 1970	90 in 1931	90 in 1924+
9/22	92 in 1956	90 in 1986	90 in 1959+
9/23	91 in 1937	88 in 1892	87 in 1945+
9/24	91 in 1891	90 in 2007	90 in 1920
9/25	90 in 1933	89 in 1920	89 in 1900
9/26	90 in 1998	87 in 1973	86 in 1999+
9/27	91 in 1971	89 in 1987	89 in 1954
9/28	92 in 1953	90 in 1952	89 in 1971
9/29	99 in 1953	87 in 1921	87 in 1898
9/30	92 in 1971	88 in 1943	87 in 1952
+ indicates same value also occurred in a previous year.
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One thought on “Historical Record High Temperatures

  1. Dear Jim Angel,
    This site is much appreciated, having found in on Yahoo Search after consulting UI Atmospheric Sciences page for today’s record high.

    If possible, include record T.s for Champaign County on UI Atmospheric Sciences “24 Hour” page.

    Obliged, Ann Ferguson

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