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Chicago Will Be As Warm As Southern California This Weekend

By Stephen Gossett in News on Feb 16, 2017 9:11PM

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We knew to expect some very unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend. But the upcoming few days are shaping up to be absurdly warm for February—perhaps even record-breakingly warm. It'll be so spring-y in fact on Friday and Saturday that even the folks of sunny Southern California will have nothing to envy, weather-wise, in the minds of Chicagoans.

The "beautiful" weather on Friday could hit as high as 61 degrees, according to the National Weather Service of Chicago. Should it climb that high, we'd have a new record, ladies and gentlemen: the record temp for that day is 60 degrees, the Trib notes. Saturday somehow looks even brighter, with's figure climbing as far as 63 degrees in it's forecast—which is even higher than the call for Los Angeles. The record for that day in Chicago is 62 degrees, which was set in 1981, NWS meteorologist Ricky Castro told the Tribune.

Monday, which is also President's Day, looks best of all, with temperatures ranging between 56 and 65 degrees, according to NWS's predictions.

Of course, there is always the chance that this ridiculous warmth should be taken as a distressing sign of our oddly no-precipitation-allowed, climate-change-denialist-for-EPA-chief times. Hopefully this doesn't also mean utter damnation for the summer months.