Chicago Warmth Breaks 137-Year-Old Record

A Feb. 17 record high of 60 degrees was last set in 1880.

Chicago on Friday officially broke a 60-degree record set in 1880.

As of 1:30 p.m. the mercury hit 62 degrees at O'Hare International Airport, putting to bed the 137-year-old record high.

And we might not be done yet.

Chicago and its suburbs could see high temperatures into the 60s this weekend into Monday, potentially eclipsing records set in 1906.

Such mild temperatures continue the area's unseasonably snow-less, warm winter.

NBC 5 models show a potential high of 62 degrees on Saturday and 59 degrees on Sunday in Chicago. Monday temps could reach 62 degrees, setting the tone for a week in the 50s, according to long-range forecasts. In the end, the area could see eight days in a row above 50 degrees.

Some spots in the southern suburbs could creep well into the 60s come Monday.

It's been a while since Chicago has seen this kind of warmth so early in the year. A Feb. 19 record of 57 degrees was set back in 1933, and the last time the area saw 63 degrees on Feb. 20 was in 1906.

So where's the snow? In Chicago, you never know.

This January produced only 0.6 inch of snow when typically we would have seen 5.2 inches by now. Through mid-December, the area saw 17.7 inches of snow. 

Two years ago we marked the third snowiest February on record thanks to 26.8 inches of snow. It also was the coldest February on record.
Last year, AccuWeather predicted “brutally cold air” across the northern Plains and Midwest regions this winter, with some places seeing temperatures as low as 20- to 30-below zero.

The Farmers’ Almanac predicted snow in January and again in February, when temperatures are set to turn “bitter cold.”

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