Like most sites in Illinois, Chicago has experienced large temperature swings in October. The month started with below-normal temperatures on October 2-5. The departures were as large as 8 degrees below normal on October 3 and 4.
This cold period was followed by a period of much above normal temperatures on October 6-12. The departures were as large as 16 degrees above normal on October 9 and 10. In fact, the high of 86 degrees reported at O’Hare on October 9 tied the record set in 1962.
Slightly above-normal temperatures prevailed on October 13-18. The early cold period and later warm periods resulted in an average of 58.7 degrees for the first 18 days in Chicago, 3.9 degrees above normal.