CHICAGO (AP) — Here’s an odd fact about the spate of hot weather in
Illinois: The water temperature of Lake Michigan has reached 80 degrees.
The National Weather Service says that’s “unprecedented” for this early in
the summer season.
Meteorologists say monthly air temperatures have been above normal for nine
consecutive months in Chicago.
That translates to warm water temperatures across the lake. The heat wave
drove up the temperature further in the lake.
The water temperature rose 10 degrees between Sunday and Friday.
The 80-degree water was recorded Friday at the south buoy on Lake Michigan,
which is 43 nautical miles east-southeast of Milwaukee. The water depth at
the south buoy is 528 feet, and the temperature is measured about two feet
below the water surface.