Chicago is expected to have one of its coldest days on record this week, with temperatures on Wednesday forecasted to reach historic lows typically seen in some of the globe’s most chilling locations.
According to a local CBS station, low temperatures are expected to reach 20 degrees below zero on Wednesday, which would reportedly be the lowest temperature ever recorded in the Windy City on Jan. 30.
Chicago is also expected to see a high of 12 below zero on Wednesday, which would also reportedly be the coldest high temperature ever recorded in the city.
The forecasts would reportedly place Chicago among some of the world’s frostiest sites, including the South Pole, which is expected to see a high temperature of 4 below zero on the same day.
Barrow, Alaska, which is located north of the Arctic Circle, is expected to see a high of 7 below zero on Wednesday, and Zackenberg Station, Greenland, will reportedly reach 11 below zero, CBS 2 noted.
Even the summit of Mount Everest is expected to be warmer than Chicago on Wednesday with an expected high of 30, it added, and parts of Siberia are also expected to see higher temperatures than the city that day.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) has warned of a "potentially historic winter storm that will bring extreme cold to our state” on Wednesday, according to CNN.