If June has seemed hotter than usual, you’re not imagining things. The month is off to blistering start that’s already smashing records.
So far this month, the National Weather Service’s official reporting station in Rockford has measured 10 days in which temperatures reached 90 degrees or higher, with the mercury hitting 99 degrees on June 11. That sets an all-time record for the most days with temperatures at 90 degrees or above so early in the month.
Rockford’s average temperature for June to date is 77.7 degrees, which is 9.7 degrees higher than normal. At the same time, precipitation has been negligible, down 2.38 inches from normal.
The Chicago O’Hare weather station has recorded six days of 90-degree temperatures in June. The average temperature of 76.6 degrees is 8.6 degrees above normal. A much-needed 1.5 inches of rain fell over the weekend, but precipitation is still at an overall deficit for the month of a third of an inch.
Also, the average temperature so far this month, not including today, at Rockford is 77.7°F degrees. We're in the midst of the warmest start to June on record! (Official climate period starts in 1905) #ilwx
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) June 13, 2021