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Temperatures drop sharply after Chicago’s third-warmest Thanksgiving Day

Updated: November 23, 2012 11:38AM



You’d hardly believe it with friday’s chilly temperatures, but Thursday is in the record books as one of the warmest Thanksgiving Days across Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Temperatures throughout the region on Friday will be as much as 30 degrees colder than they were on Thanksgiving Day, because of a strong cold front moving through the region, the weather service said.

Thursday’s high of 63 degrees at O’Hare International Airport put the day in a three-way tie — with 1896 and 1915 — for the third-warmest Thanksgiving Day recorded in Chicago, according to the National Weather Service.

The warmest Thanksgiving Day in Chicago, since record-keeping began in 1873, was 69 degrees on Nov. 24, 1966.

In Rockford, the high of 64 degrees on Thursday tied the mark for the second-warmest Thanksgiving Day there, according to the weather service. The warmest Thanksgiving Day on record in Rockford was 67 degrees, on Nov. 26, 1914.



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