Chicago Expected to be Colder than Siberia and Antarctica this Week

On Wednesday which is 30th January, 2019, Chicago will be colder than many parts of Alaska, Antarctica and the North Pole. The Prairie State is no stranger to cold but Chicago’s “high” temperature on Wednesday should be around 10 below zero, while the overnight low Wednesday night into Thursday morning is forecast to be in the 25-below range, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago. Thus, for a while early Thursday, Chicago will be colder than the North Pole. “The Arctic Ocean – including the North Pole – will probably be around 20 below,” said meteorologist Ryan Maue. Chicago’s all-time coldest temperature of 27 below zero could be broken Thursday morning, the weather service said. Down in Antarctica, where it’s the middle of summer, the outer edge of the continent will be much warmer than Chicago and the entire Midwest.

“High temperatures this week at the U.S. McMurdo Antarctic research station are forecast to be in the teens and low 20s (above zero), easily warmer than the highs parts of the Midwest will see through Thursday,” according to the Weather Channel’s Chris Dolce. The station is located on the shore of McMurdo Sound on the south tip of Ross Island.

Maue said that during summer, much of the coast of Antarctica is tolerable (near freezing) as the wintertime sea-ice melts away. “The Antarctic peninsula is often above freezing,” he said. For at least a short while, Chicago and other parts of the Midwest will likely be colder than the South Pole, which is hovering around 25 to 27 degrees below zero these days.

The coldest permanently inhabited town on Earth, Oymyakon, Siberia, Russia, is forecast to have highs in the minus 30s and lows in the minus 40s this week. The Windy City will be cold Wednesday – but not that level of cold.

Life-Threatening Wind Chills

The only numbers more shocking than the temperatures are the wind chills. Wind chills will plummet to 30-70 degrees below zero this week in parts of the northern Plains and Great Lakes region, Hennen said. In northern Minnesota, wind chills were forecast to drop to 65-70 degrees below zero, which would rival the coldest wind chill ever recorded in the state (71 below) in 1982. In its 8 p.m. update, the National Weather Service said the municipal airport in Benson, Minnesota, recorded a wind chill of 62 below. Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker declared a state of emergency, saying even a brief time outside with exposed skin can be life-threatening.

“There is a real risk of hypothermia and frostbite,” Pritzker said Tuesday. “Even five minutes of exposure can have very severe health consequences.”