83 Degrees Sets New Weather Record

Previous Record: 82 degrees on April 1, 1946

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  |  Updated 7:32 PM CDT
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Record high temp hits Chicago. More heat on the way.

Record high temp hits Chicago. More heat on the way.

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It's like Mother Nature has spring fever.

The 83 degrees recorded at O'Hare International Airport shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday broke a 64-year-old warm weather record.

The previous record was set on April 1, 1946, much warmer than the average 52 degrees for this time of year.

The weather hasn't felt this good since September, bringing hundreds of Chicagoans to the lakefront and sands.  Volleyball and football seemed to be common themes and runners and bicyclists returned to the lakefront trails.

"There's a pep in my step, a smile on my face.  It's beautiful," one woman said.

Friday will tickle the 80 degree mark again, but showers and thunderstorms will develop late in the evening.

Incidentally, the record for April 2, 1946 is also 82 degrees.  Can we break it again?

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