Illinois Weather Trivia for July 12th
- An intense heat wave affected much of the Midwest for a 4-day period beginning on this day. The worst effects of the heat were noted in the Chicago metropolitan area, where 583 people died from the heat. Temperatures across the area reached as high as 105 degrees, with heat index values peaking at 125 degrees. Electricity and water usage reached record levels, causing periodic outages.
- Very heavy rain fell over portions of central and eastern Illinois during the early morning hours. Rain totals of 3 to 6 inches were common from southern Livingston County, southeast through portions of Champaign and Piatt Counties, producing flash flooding.
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