Chicago Weather in October

October brings the beginning of cold weather to Chicago, Illinois. This month typically has the first frosts and in rare years, the first snowfall.

This page gives detailed information on the typical October weather for Chicago.

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The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, located in the northwestern part of Chicago.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

62 °F October average high 17 °C
43 °F October average low 6 °C

In most years, Chicago averages a daily maximum temperature for October that's between 59 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 19 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 40 and 46 °F (4 to 8 °C).

The days at Chicago cool quickly during October. By the end of the month, the temperature has dropped around 12 °F (7 °C) below what it was at the start.

18 days 60 °F max. or more (16 °C)
12 days 40 °F min. or less (4 °C)

Nearly every October day warms to over 50 °F (10 °C) in Chicago. The city averages 7 days this month when the thermometer reaches into the 70s °F (over 21 °C). Temperatures above 90 °F (32 °C) are not expected here during October.

This month the thermometer dips to freezing or below on an average of 4 nights. About once a decade Chicago gets as cold as 20 °F (-8 °C) in October.

Rainy Weather iconPrecipitation

3.2 in total precipitation 80 mm
10 days of rain or snowfall

Half the time, Chicago receives 2 to 4 inches (43 to 107 mm) of precipitation in October. One in four years has drier weather, while another one in four is wetter. In rare years, some of the precipitation falls as snow.

Sunny Weather iconSun

55 % sunshine
9 days clear skies

The sun's rays reach the ground in Chicago during 55 percent of daylight hours on average in October, for a total of 189 hours in the month. Typically on 9 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in October at Chicago lasts for 11 hours and 3 minutes a day on average. The longest day of the month is the 1st with 11 hours and 44 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have shortened to 10:24 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or two from year to year.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

69 % October average humidity

The relative humidity in Chicago during October usually peaks at 81 percent in the morning then drops to 53 percent by early afternoon.

Local Time12 am3 am6 am9 am12 pm3 pm6 pm9 pm
Humidity % 76 80 81 68 55 53 64 72

Windy Weather iconWind

10.0 mph October wind speed average 16.1 kph

October is an average month for wind speed in Chicago.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

2 days rainfall of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more
2 days with thunderstorms in October

Thunderstorms occur much less frequently during October compared with previous months.


These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals.

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