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Deadly heat 20 years ago took city unawares : 700 fatalities led to new emergency plans for Chicago

Jul 15, 2015 - Chicago Tribune

Twenty years ago this week, Chicago was gripped by one of the city's worst natural disasters: a scorching heat wave that claimed more than 700 victims, mostly the poor, elderly and others on society's margins.

The temperature hit 106 degrees July 13, 1995, and would hover between the high 90s and low triple digits for the next five days. Dozens of bodies filled the Cook County medical examiner's office. On a single day -- July 15 -- the number of heat-related deaths reached its highest dai...