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Another heat record possible in Chicago on last full day of winter

Updated: March 19, 2012 11:08AM



Chicago is likely to see another record-warm day Monday, the last full day of winter.

Record highs have been set in Chicago each of the past five days, and more could be coming each of the next few days, too, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service says the record-breaking streak could extend to six or seven days.

The record high for March 19 in Chicago is 78, set in 1921. Monday’s high temperatures are expected to be in the upper 70s. Tuesday’s high is forecast to be in the lower 80s.

In Chicago prior to this year, there had only been 10 days in March with highs in the 80s, according to the weather service. On average, Chicago only sees an 80-degree high day in March about once every 14 years. Already this month, there have been three days above 80.

The last time Chicago saw an 80-degree temperature in the month of March before this year was on March 12, 1990, when the high was 81.

The warmest March on record in Chicago? Two years are tied for that mark — 1910 and 1945. Both averaged 48.6 degrees through March 15. Through March 16 of this year, the average monthly temperature for Chicago for March was 48 degrees. The weather service says it’s likely that this month will shatter the record for the warmest March in Chicago.



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