Chicagoans endure the hottest day of the year - Chicago Tribune: "Chicagoans endure the hottest day of the year
People play it cool on the 12th day in the 90s this month
July 24, 2010|By Duaa EldeibTribune reporter Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune
From the satin bow on her veil to the black piping on her dress, Nickie Vavrik executed perfectly her plan to bring to life the limited edition Vera Wang Barbie bridal doll her grandmother had given her more than a decade ago.
She just wasn't counting on getting married on the hottest day of the year.
The Friday afternoon wedding at a Little Italy church without air conditioning had Vavrik a little nervous. But as she checked her rose bouquet, she was determined not to let the heat ruin her big day.
'The church is dark. It has six fans. I'm wearing spray-on foundation,' said Vavrik, 35.
The high on Friday reached 94, but the mix of heat and humidity made it feel like 104.
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'They're getting panicky,' Ed Pavlick of Around the Town Heating and Cooling said of the many customers desperately calling to get their fried air conditioners fixed.
ComEd officials said they were getting calls too, from people wondering why their bills were so much higher than they were a year ago.
It's the heat. The mercury hit 90 or higher four times the entire summer in 2009. This July alone, Chicago has had 12 days in the 90s.
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