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Temperature reaches 70 briefly Sunday afternoon, but chilly and rainy week ahead

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Maggie and Marty Kenny, twins at age 4,lines up to participate in activities during the first lesson of the season for Illinois Baseball Academy Kids "T-Ball" program, at Wilmette Community Playfields, Wilmette, on Sunday, April 14, 2013. | Ting Shen~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 16, 2013 6:32AM

The temperature hovered at 70 degrees Sunday afternoon for about as long as it takes to check your horoscope.

For just under two minutes, beginning at 4:48 p.m., the mercury stalled at 70 at Midway Airport, edging just above the official temperature of 69 degrees at O’Hare. The record for April 14 is 85 degrees in 2003.

The high of 70 was the highlight of a weird weather day that began with winter coats and ended in T-shirts.

Sunday morning saw 35-degree weather and swirly snow and rain showers that morphed into sunshine and warmth as the day progressed, according to the National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Lenning.

It was the second day this year Chicago hit the 70 mark; the first was April 6.

“It’s been a cold spring and certainly it was nice to have this one-day break,” Lenning said.

But the warm spell won’t last. Cooler temperatures and rain are returning for much of the week.

On Monday, temperatures should reach 60 degrees, then remain in the 50s for the next few days as a warm front eludes Chicago, staying south of the city.

On Wednesday, the high for Chicago is forecast to be about 50 degrees, but temperatures could top 70 degrees in Kankakee, meteorologist Matt Friedlein said.

There’s also a chance of rain every day through Friday, meteorologists said.

“It’ll be a wet week,” meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss said.

Contributing:Mitch Dudek

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