Near record-breaking temperatures in the 70s are forecast to continue in the Chicago area possibly into early next week, says the National Weather Service.
As of 3:15 p.m., it was 74 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, one degree away from the all-time high of 75, weather service meteorologist Lee Carlaw said.
"We’ve flirted with it each day here, getting close,'' said Carlaw said of the records, adding that on Wednesday temps soared to 74 degrees at O’Hare, tying a record set in 1978.
"Can’t rule out an extra degree or so today, but it’s hard this time of year, the sun’s angle is getting low and the amount of time to warm up is limited,'' Carlaw said.
Dry, pleasant conditions will likely stay with us throughout the weekend and potentially into early next week, dropping to the 50 1/4 u2032s overnight. If warm days persist until Monday, Chicago could see its longest stretch of 70-degree days ever for November.
Low to mid-70s are predicted on Monday and Tuesday, as again we will get lose to exceeding the record high.
"Sunday the record is 73 degrees at O’Hare and we are forecasting 74 or 75,'' Carlaw said.
The next chance of rain could be late Monday or Tuesday night when a relatively strong autumn storm will "slice through the area,'' Carlaw said.
The bouts of warmth have planted themselves here because of high pressure to our South and East, Carlaw said. "It has been bottled up and is heading to us.''
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