The city had sweated through hot spells before--scorching summers in Chicago seem to go with the freezing winters--but by the time this heat wave was over, it had been blamed for an unprecedented number of deaths. The misery of triple-digit temperatures was made worse by especially high humidity, which made it difficult to sweat and cool off, and by nights that seemed almost as hot as the days.
More Intense, More Frequent, and Longer Lasting Heat Waves in the 21st Century
| Natural Hazards
Trends in heat-related mortality in the United States, 1975-2004
| Climatic Change
Global increase in record-breaking monthly-mean temperatures
| The New England Journal of Medicine
Heat-Related Deaths during the July 1995 Heat Wave in Chicago