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3-day streak of 90s city’s first in three years, 1 more to come

At Lincoln Park Zoo, the air-conditioned, underwater viewing area of the Kovler Seal Pool offered relief from the sticky heat. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Chicago’s hot streak continued Saturday with a third straight day of temperatures in the 90s — the first time that’s happened in three years.

And brace for one more, with the National Weather Service forecasting a high of 93 degrees on Sunday, with storms likely, before a drop into the 80s and clearer skies on Monday.

The temperature peaked at 92 degrees around 4 p.m. Saturday, according to the weather service. But, with the high humidity, it felt worse. The heat index — a measure of what the temperature actually feels like — peaked at 102 degrees an hour later before the arrival of a thunderstorm cooled things down.

If the forecast for Sunday proves true, that would give Chicago its first stretch of four consecutive days of 90-degree temps since July 16-19, 2013, according to the weather service’s Susan Buchanan.

It was enough Saturday to drive Maria Calderon indoors with her three younger siblings to the air-conditioned, underwater viewing area of the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Kovler Seal Pool.

“I thought we’d have a nice outing,” Calderon said. “But, with this heat, here inside is really the only place we’ve been able to enjoy ourselves. We’ll probably leave early and stop somewhere for ice cream.”

Kids cool off with a cold dessert outside Annette’s Italian Ice in Lincoln Park on Saturday. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times
Kids cool off with a cold dessert outside Annette’s Italian Ice in Lincoln Park on Saturday. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Kristin Mack had the same idea after spending time with her kids at Oz Park in Lincoln Park.

“We’re glad there were drinking fountains in the park,” but that wasn’t enough, said Mack, who left the park and took her family to Annette’s Italian Ice, 924 W. Armitage Ave.

Down the street, Sophia Duvall stood outside David’s Tea, spending her work shift there offering iced teas to passersby.

“I’m helping people stay hydrated,” Duvall said.