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Chicago Hottest Day So Far: Sweltering Weekend Followed By Even Hotter Monday

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Travelers rest during hot weather at Montrose beach on Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011, in Chicago. Final day of August features a return to 90-degree temperatures after 3 consecutive sub-80-degrees days. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) | AP

It's going to be a scorcher Monday in Chicago-- and it might just be the hottest day of the year.

According to NBC Chicago's Andy Avalos, afternoon temperatures in Chicago on Monday could reach the mid- to high 90s with heat index readings nearing 100, making for the hottest day of the year to date. And Tuesday's highs are also expected to approach 100.

The Chicago Weather Center notes that high humidity and winds from the south will be responsible for making it feel extra balmy. In some parts of Chicago, the heat index could make it feel as warm as 103 degrees.

The record high for June 18 -- 98 degrees -- was set in 1954.

Heat and humidity are expected to stay in the area through Thursday when a cold front should roll through the area.

How will you be dealing with the heat, Chicago?

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