The climate of Chicago (Illinois
- United States of America)
Chicago is a large city located in the northeastern part of Illinois
on Lake Michigan. Chicago is also known as Windy City. After Los
Angeles and New York Chicago is the largest city in the United States.
The urban area of Chicago is home to 9 million people. The Chicago
River flows through the city. The natural flow of this river has been
artificially reversed. On St Patrick’s Day a colorant is added to the
water making it green. The city is home to many big sports teams such
as the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Bears and
many others. Chicago is known for its educational system, many
universities can be found here such as the Northwestern University,
the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Two large airports can be found in the city: Midway International
Airport and O’Hare International Airport. Chicago is one of the
biggest railway junctions in the world.
Chicago has a warm continental climate influenced by Lake Michigan.
Winters are very cold. During the coldest months temperatures hardly
rise above freezing point. Summers are warm with average temperatures
just below 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). Because of the
presence of Lake Michigan temperatures are slightly lower here than in
the interior. Precipitation is quite evenly spread out over the year.
During the winter precipitation mainly falls in the form of snow.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records.
They are an average for Chicago:
hours of sunshine
average days with
= 0-5 mm ●
= 6-30 mm ●
= 31-60 mm ●
= 61-100 mm ●
= 101-200 mm ●
over 200 mm = 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches
More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression
of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain
period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather,
extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate
information for each month of the year:
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