After enduring bitter Christmas cold, Chicagoans have been gifted unseasonable and mild weather. Mother Nature may take that to a new level Tuesday, Jan. 3, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
Experts are predicting temperatures on Tuesday in Chicagoland to spike around 60 degrees, which is the record set in 1950, according to NWS data. The record high for all of January is 67 degrees on Jan. 25, 1950.
The Chicagoland average high on Jan. 3 is 32.6 degrees. Last year, the high was 21 degrees, and in 2021, it was 32.
Tuesday’s Wilmette forecast calls for temperatures to reach 46 degrees by 5 a.m. followed by a chance of rain until noon. As the sun emerges in the early afternoon, temperatures will rise to the daily estimated high of 59 degrees.
Winds out of the southeast may persist between 10-15 mph and gust as high as 30 mph.
The Weather Service is estimating waves of 2 to 4 feet on Lake Michigan near Wilmette Harbor with southernly winds up to 25 knots.
The possible record warmth will subside overnight, and forecasters say Wednesday, Jan. 4, will have a high of 38 degrees and bring a 40 percent of snow. Thursday’s high is expected to be near 31 degrees.
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