Yes, Oak Park's Fourth of July parade was the hottest ever

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By Graham Johnston

Oak Park's Fourth of July parade put a notch of history in its sweaty belt Wednesday morning. Wednesday Journal meteorologists have delved into the almanacs and believe this parade was the hottest ever, since the annual tradition was revived in 2001.

Wednesday morning's high temperature of 96.8 degrees beat out of the two previous hottest years of 2011 and 2003 – both tied at 93 degrees. While parade marchers and watchers were trying to stay hydrated and shaded this year, in 2009 they might have been reaching for a long-shelve shirt when the high temperature of the day only reached 69.1 degrees.

The Fourth of July festivities continue with the fireworks display at OPRF starting shortly after dusk.

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Paul Rubio from Oak Park  

Posted: July 5th, 2012 7:08 PM

I am curious to know, who are these "Wednesday Journal meteorologists" exactly?

J.Martin Konecki  

Posted: July 5th, 2012 12:00 PM

FYI, The Wednesday Journal gave out the BEST treats yesterday.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: July 5th, 2012 6:45 AM

Great parade yesterday. And I enjoyed watching it over again at 60 miles an hour. Pretty sure I made a cameo just before Madison St. That was me with a big tub of Twizzlers! Thanks to our web folks who now run all of our videos with the Fast Forward button pressed to the floor -- parades, storms, Aldi being demolished, the dam on the river being chipped out. When they start running village board meeting videos at warp speed then we'll know they've gone too far. (Thanks Graham.)


Posted: July 4th, 2012 7:39 PM

Fantastic parade today, although it was hot!

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