The bizarrely warm temperatures this week worry one climate expert.
Water temperatures in the southern part of Lake Michigan reached a “remarkable” 80 degrees Friday — sooner than any other year thanks to a warm winter combined with July’s searing heat wave.
Chicago did not, it turns out, break the record for the warmest day ever in March: 88 degrees, set in 1986.
While the return of the sun and gradually warming temperatures mean that spring really is on its way to the Chicago area, it also means ice skating enthusiasts will have to wait until the onset of next winter to take part in this activity outdoors.
The temperature Wednesday will climb to surpass the balmy conditions seen across the area a day earlier.
Cloud cover has replaced the intense sunshine of the morning hours, but temperatures will still be above average for the rest of the day Friday.
Temperatures will remain above average Thursday, and unlike this time last year, there won’t be a flake of snow in sight.
Unseasonably warm weather is expected to move into the Chicago area next week — but not before a cold and snowy weekend.
The calendar says Jan. 10, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. But that will be changing soon enough.
Rain will continue off and on through the afternoon as a stubborn system circulates around a low-pressure area.
We could have had a lot of snow Wednesday, but we had all-day rain showers instead, making what is already the third wettest year in Chicago on record a little wetter still.