Though Chicago has recently hit a near-record breaking patch of warm weather this winter, the season has also seen some of the coldest recorded temperatures.
The lives of eight people have been claimed by the cold so far, with the cause of death being marked as “accidents,” according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The victims of the cold range in age from 45 to 81 years old. The first victim was a 45-year-old African-American male who died in October of last year, West of downtown Chicago.
Most of deaths occurred either on the West or Northwest sides . All but one of the victims were male, with the most recent death on January 7 attributed to an 81-year-old woman in Beecher, IL.
The warm temperatures of this week are forecasted to dive back into the twenty-degree region starting tomorrow, with Saturday’s low threatening to fall to 6 degrees.