November is the time of year when it starts to get cold. Yes, the summer is long gone, and autumn leaves start to fall while winter is on the way. While some states, like California, do not experience a severe cold in most cities, others begin to experience frigid temperatures.
Illinois usually gets incredibly cold as November turns to December. Yes, it is home to Chicago, otherwise known as “the Windy City.” Chicago usually has frigid temperatures. However, there have been some odd years where Illinois has been a little late in cooling down. In fact, there was a year when the state endured a heatwave.
We’re here to discuss the most sizzling heatwave to ever sweep through Illinois in November and just how hot it got. Additionally, we will also discuss the environmental impact and what happened after, as well as what caused this.
The Temperature of the Most Sizzling Heatwave in Illinois in November
In November, the hottest temperature ever in Illinois happened in Springfield, according to the National Weather Service. Amazingly, it was 83 degrees on November 1, 1950.
According to the National Weather Service, there was a similar heatwave in Chicago in 1950. Remarkably, it was 80 degrees Fahrenheit on November 1 before slowly decreasing over the following few days, with the weather hovering between 73 and 80 for the next few weeks. It came just four years before the hottest temperature ever recorded in Illinois.
Illinois has come close to reaching that temperature a few times in November. Significantly, the next time it happened was in 1978, according to the National Weather Service. But there was another mini heatwave that happened in 2020, where the weather actually reached 78 degrees in Chicago. Likewise, Springfield came close, as it was 76 degrees for a few days in November. While it was close, it did not quite match the most sizzling heatwave to ever sweep through Illinois.
What Was the Environmental Impact
The average heat wave lasts for four days, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA also highlights that heat waves are 49 days longer than they were in the 1960s. Moreover, the heat waves that might happen in the autumn can catch people off-guard as they are not expecting it.
But there are ramifications for when a heatwave suddenly emerges out of cold temperatures or when it immediately jolts down. Significantly, many people experience health issues when sudden weather snaps occur. It’s what makes odd heatwaves so dangerous.
Aftermath of the Most Sizzling Heatwave in Illinois
The heatwave lasted for a few days. Then, several sports in Illinois began to experience a drop in temperature. It was 30 degrees on November 10 in Chicago. Meanwhile, a day after it reached 83 on November 1 in Springfield, the temperatures dropped to 53 the next day.
Springfield also saw freezing conditions on November 10, representing a 54-degree drop in temperature. Amazingly, the temperatures plunged to six degrees on November 24. While these two major Illinois cities experienced the hottest temperatures on record in November, they had spiked back down to normal by the time the month concluded.
Chances of Another Heatwave in November?
The weather in Chicago and Springfield is currently normal. Therefore, it does not look like a record-setting temperature will happen in November this year. But the ever-changing climate and continuing efforts to combat climate change will go far in trying to prevent another massive heatwave from scorching through Illinois.
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