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Temperatures are expected to reach 70 Tuesday, but Wednesday's high could beat a record

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    It's still technically winter, but you wouldn't know it by stepping outside in Chicago.

    Afternoon forecasts show sunny, May-like temperatures reaching between 65 and 70 Tuesday across the metro area and suburbs ahead of even warmer temps.

    Those temperatures, about 20-to-25 degrees above average for this time of year, turn cooler along the lakefront in the late afternoon and early evening as a lake breeze develops and temps drop by 10 to 15 degrees.

    Early summer returns Wednesday with record warm temperatures in the afternoon and early evening anticipated to reach between 75 and 80 degrees. The record to beat is 77 degrees at O'Hare Airport.

    Soak up the sun while you can. Wednesday becomes mostly cloudy with a few showers and thunderstorms at night. Thursday and Friday look cloudy but remain unseasonably mild with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms expected.

    Friday's highs in the lower 70s look to continue over the weekend.