Record Temperatures Ahead

Chicago could break 131 year old record Thursday

By Lacey McCraney
|  Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 8:22 AM CDT
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Cue Martha & the Vandellas. We're about to get a heat wave.

OK, temperatures won't quite be burnin', but Chicago will see temporary relief from winter-like weather in the coming days.

NBC 5 Meterorologist Andy Avalos expects highs on Thursday to range from the upper 50s to the lower 60s. That means we could reach the all-time record high for Feb. 17: 60 degrees, set back in 1880.

In general, Thursday's anticipated mild temperatures are 25 degrees higher than normal for this time of year.

The last time the Chicago area saw a day with an above 60 degree reading was Nov. 22, 2010, when the high maxed out at 67 degrees.

But, like all good things, this warm-up will come to an end soon. On Friday, we should expect temperatures in the mid to upper 40's. That's still higher than the average of 35 degrees.

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