Chicago Weather and Climate

The city of Chicago has a climate that has been classified as humid continental. The city experiences the four distinct seasons: winter, spring, autumn and summer. The winter is windy and cold while the springs are mild and enjoyable. On the other hand, the summers are hot and wet while the autumn is mild and short-lived. Winters in Chicago can be variable especially when it comes to the cold and the snow falls. Within a period of just one week, winters can fluctuate wildly, and this is usually observed in the months of January and February. The lowest precipitation for the city is recorded during these two months. During summer and a part of the spring, the highest readings for precipitation are made.



During most summers in Chicago, the level of humidity is high. It's not uncommon for thunderstorms to occur once in a while. Unlike the convention that holds in many other cities, summers in Chicago bring the most rains, and regular recordings illustrate the months of July and August are the wettest periods of the year.

For areas that are located within the vicinity of the Lake Michigan, there are some moderating influences on the city. Locations near the lake are considerably cooler than those that are farther from the lake. This is especially the case when there are lake breezes. On very rare occasions, the city has experienced heat waves.

The city of Chicago is nicknamed the Windy City because of its average wind rates.Areas around Lake Michigan actually enjoy nice breezes and cool, windy days.