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Temperatures expected to hit record high this weekend

Written by
Clayton Guse

December in Chicago is usually associated with frigid temperatures and widespread seasonal affective disorder. But this month, the city has been blessed with warmer-than-average weather that's made the 'Polar Vortexes' of the last two years feel like distant memories. The balmy trend isn't expected to stop any time soon, thanks to this year's El Niño, which is expected to warm up the city throughout the winter months.

Forecasts predict that this will be one of the warmest December weekends in Chicago's history (or at least since the city started keeping weather records in 1871). According to, Saturday's projected high is currently 58 degrees, which is hotter than the record-high for December 12 (57 degrees in 1990). Temperatures are expected to hit 61 degrees on Sunday, which would tie the record temperature on December 13, set in 1991.

So, at least for another week or so, you can keep your wool socks and parkas in the closet. Heck, if this weekend turns out to be as warm as promised, you'll be able to walk outside without a coat.

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