See All the Records Broken So Far During Chicago Area's Warm February

Chicago has broken a number of decades-old records with spring and summer-like temperatures hitting the area this February. Here's a look at the records broken so far.

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The most recent record broken in Chicago was Sunday. At 1:02 p.m., the temperature at O’Hare International Airport hit 66 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That balmy number just beat the record of 65 degrees set in 1930 – though temperatures on Sunday continued to climb, meaning the final record could be even higher.
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About an hour before that, Rockford saw a temperature of 64 degrees, eclipsing the previous record that was also set in 1930.
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On Saturday, Rockford reached 59 degrees at 11:12 a.m., while O’Hare saw 63 degrees just 13 minutes later – breaking the record set in 1981.
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Saturday’s temperatures continued to climb, and the city saw 70 degree warmth in February for just the fourth time since 1871, according to the National Weather Service.
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The other times temperatures at O’Hare reached 70 degrees this month were 75 degrees on Feb. 27, 1976, 72 degrees on Feb. 25, 2000 and 70 degrees on Feb. 11, 1999 – meaning that in addition to being tied for the third highest temperature ever recorded in February, Saturday’s warmth was also the second earliest 70 degree reading in Chicago.
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The weekend’s record-breaking streak began at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, when 62 degrees at O’Hare shattered the high set all the way back in 1880.
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Monday could reach 60 degrees yet again, even as the chance for rain increases through the evening. The records for both Feb. 20 and 21 were set in 1930, at 64 and 67 degrees, respectively.
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The record for longest stretch of consecutive days in which Chicago saw temperatures above 60 degrees in February sits at four, set from Feb. 24 through 27 in 1976.
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