Feeling warm? Chicago beats another heat record as spring blooms

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Columbia College student Josh Novak, 22, of Chicago, skateboards to class on Michigan ave. Tuesday March 20, 2012. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Was it the first day of spring . . . or summer?

Chicago broke yet another high-temperature record Tuesday – the first day of spring – making it the seventh day the area has either beat or tied the record high.

The mercury at O’Hare Airport hit 85 degrees. The previous record high was 76 degrees, set in 1921.

Before this year, there had been only 10 days in March with highs in the 80s. That means, on average, Chicago only sees an 80-degree high in March once every 14 years, the National Weather Service said.

The all-time record high for March in Chicago is 88 degrees, set back in 1986.

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