CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago broke a 101-year-old record on Sunday, as temperatures soared to 97 degrees.

That broke the May 27 record of 94 degrees, set in 1911.

Thousands of people tried to keep cool by heading to the beaches along Lake Michigan.

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports North Avenue Beach was packed Sunday afternoon, as thousands of people hit the lakefront to take a dip in the lake to cool off amid hot, sunny conditions.

The lake was still chilly, but with such sweltering temperatures, provided a welcome respite for beachgoers for the unofficial start to summer over the Memorial Day weekend.

After coming in from a swim, Brandon Pozniak said “it’s unbelievably good weather. Can’t be more thankful for that.”

CBS 2 Meteorologist Ed Curran reports there won’t be much relief from the heat Sunday night, when the low will drop to only about 78.

Monday will be another scorcher, though not quite as hot, with temperatures in the low 90s. But Monday evening thunderstorms should cool things off a bit for Tuesday, when the high will be only about 78.

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