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'Spring In December' Could Mean 70s in Chicago

December 2, 2012

Chicago Tribune

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Dec. 02--A foggy evening tonight should cap a day the National Weather Service is calling part of "Spring in December," but there`s a chance Monday could see only the third 70-degree December day since record-keeping began in Chicago.

Before today, Chicago had only seen 71 days that reached 60 degrees or higher in December since records began in 1871, according to the National Weather Service. O`Hare International Airport hit 60 degrees a little before noon today, inching up to 62 by 3 p.m., but failing to meet the record of 71 degrees set in 1982.

Temperatures were at least 60 degrees at every airport weather station in the Chicago area this afternoon, according to the weather service.

If it does reach 70 on Monday, it would be only the third time since the beginning of Chicago record-keeping that it`s reached 70 degrees in Chicago in December -- before the 1982 record, a high of 71 also was recorded on Dec. 3, 1970.

Monday, although the Weather Service is forecasting a high in the mid-60s, the "meteorological setup" for the day is similar to "past extreme warm December days," according to a weather service bulletin.

So "70-degree readings are possible, especially south of Interstate 80," according to the weather service.

This afternoon or evening, fog is expected to spread inland from Lake Michigan to much of the Chicago area. Some areas are expected to see dense fog develop, according to the National Weather Service.

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(c)2012 the Chicago Tribune

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