Unusually warm weather greets Chicagoans Tuesday morning

More of the same is expected, at least through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

SHARE Unusually warm weather greets Chicagoans Tuesday morning
People wait to board a CTA bus.

You might want to grab an umbrella Thursday. Rain, not snow, is in the forecast.

Sun-Times file

If you awoke early Tuesday and wondered why your radiators were cold or you couldn’t hear the roar of the furnace, you probably don’t need to call a repairman.

It was unusually warm before dawn, with temperatures reaching 51 degrees at O’Hare Airport and up to 50 degrees at Midway Airport, according to the National Weather Service. The normal high at this time of year is only a notch above freezing — or 33 degrees. The record high is 59 degrees, set in 1925.

La Voz Sidebar

Lea este artículo en español en La Voz Chicago, la sección bilingüe del Sun-Times.

“This winter, we have found ourselves on the warm side of systems more often than usual, which helps explain why we’ve seen relatively less snow than normal,” said Brett Borchardt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

The balmy weather is expected to continue this week, with highs in the mid- to upper-40s and steady rain forecast to arrive Wednesday night and continue into Thursday, Borchardt said. There may even be a rumble or two of thunder, he said.

For this winter season, the Chicago area is about 9 inches below normal, Borchardt said.

The Latest
The basketball Hall of Famer, Grateful Dead superfan overcame many obstacles to become unlikely broadcaster.
Mark Frighetto was an inductee into the 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame and was past president of the organization.
A day later, Grifol repeats: ''I thought we were flat.’'
United Airlines flight 2901 to Seattle had an engine catch fire about 2 p.m. Monday. No injuries were reported.
Counsell left the Brewers as the all-time winningest manager in club history. In Milwaukee, his legacy comes down to culture, performance — and his admiration for his home and state.