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Last day of month was warmest — but no record

Joe Neidlinger tosses frisbee around Katy DavissBusse Woods Elk Grove Village balmy last day 2010. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

Joe Neidlinger tosses the frisbee around Katy Davisson at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village on the balmy last day of 2010. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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2010 ended on a high note in Chicago —at least according to the thermometer.

The temperature hit 51 degrees Friday, making the last day of December the warmest day of the month, according to the National Weather Service.

The mild temperature was more than 20 degrees higher than normal for the final day of December, though still well below the 68-degree record set in 1875, weather service meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss said.

But don’t expect the unseasonably warm temperatures to continue. A cold front moving in Friday night will cause a dramatic drop.

The forecast high for Saturday is only 29 degrees — typical for Jan. 1 in Chicago, he said.

But the brief warm spell did accomplish something positive.

“We did melt off most of the snow,” said Deubelbeiss.

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