Weather Updates

Tuesday appears to have been warmest election day in history

Updated: April 22, 2012 10:19AM

In the contest for warmest Election Day in Chicago, Tuesday may go down as a winner in the history books, according to the National Weather Service.

The mercury rose to a high of 85 degrees Tuesday, said Richard Castro, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

Weather service records show the only warmer March dates were March 31, 1981, and March 29, 1986, when highs were 87 and 88 degrees, respectively.

The warmest day in November, when the general elections are held, fell on
Nov. 1, 1950 — a Wednesday — when the temperature reached 81 degrees. The rest of the record highs fall in the 70s.

“That means today is likely the warmest Election Day on record,” Castro told the Sun-Times.

Lisa Donovan

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