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Chicago’s warm November weather is breaking records

Call it a late-fall heat wave.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

It's probably not great news from a climate change perspective, but Chicagoans are currently living through some record-setting warm weather. The city just hit a streak for the most consecutive 70-degree-plus days ever recorded in November, according to data from the National Weather Service.

As of Monday morning, Chicago has had six consecutive days of weather in the 70s during the month of November, a feat that's remarkable in several respects. During most years, Chicago averages one 70-degree-plus day in November; the previous record of five days was set in 1953.

Overall, four- to five-day stretches of 70-degree-plus days this late in the season occur only about once every 35 years. And with a high of 72 degrees forecast for Tuesday, we may break yet another record—this time for the latest stretch of weeklong temps in the 70s. (Currently, this record was set between October 24–30, 1989).

Get out and enjoy the balmy weather while you can, because it won't last—the forecast projects that temps will drop back down into the 50s by Wednesday.

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