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Chicago's March Weather Forecast Is Pleasantly, Shockingly, Worryingly Warm

By Sam Stecklow in News on Mar 8, 2016 7:51PM

Remember spring? via topmedic/Flickr

It is either pleasantly, shockingly, or worryingly warm today, as temperatures break 70 degrees and the sounds of birds chirping, people and dogs out and about, and children playing fill the streets. After a spotty, inconsistent, and not entirely terrible winter, we have a 15-day forecast above freezing, though, naturally, that comes with some thunderstorms.

A release from the National Weather Service says we can thank "high pressure at the mid and upper-levels of the atmosphere" for our above-average temperatures, including afternoon high temperatures Tuesday forecasted to be 15 to 30 degrees above average. Another, more fun National Weather Service headline predicted a "Mild But Wet Week Ahead."

This comes after this past month broke a 100-year-old warmth record; one can't help but feel that this is not, er, natural. Still, enjoy the weather, Chicago, before the climate changes too much.