Christmas in Chicago expected to be the warmest in years, forecasters say

Forecasters say Chicago is expected to have a high temperature of 54 degrees.

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Forecasters say Chicago could have its warmest holiday in years.

Forecasters say Chicago could have its warmest holiday in years.

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Chicago residents can kiss their chance of having a white Christmas goodbye.

Forecasters say Chicago could have its warmest holiday in years, with a possible high of 54 degrees.

That would be the fifth warmest Christmas on record, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’ve had a pretty long stretch of having above normal temperatures,” says weather service meteorologist Kevin Donofrio.

A normal high temperature for Christmas in Chicago is around 32 degrees, with a low around 18 degrees, he said.

But Chicago has had above-freezing temperatures since the start of the weekend.

The expected high of 54 on Christmas would make it one of nine Christmases in the entire history of Chicago that was 50 degrees or above, Donofrio said.

The last Christmas with near record-breaking heat was in 1994, when meteorologists measured 52 degrees at Chicago’s official weather station at O’Hare.

Chicago’s warmest Christmas was in 1982 when temps measured 64 degrees, Donofrio said.

There won’t be any precipitation, but “on the flip side, this is about as good of travel conditions as you can get,” he said.

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