The month of December is off to a record-breaking, unlikely start, with temperatures hovering in the mid-60s, and there's an added bonus -- no snow in sight for the week.
Today's forecast includes those unseasonably warm temperatures with a chance of showers later in the day, according to WGN's Tom Skilling. The National Weather Service said the average high December temperature for the Chicago area is 34.8 degrees.
The spring-like warmth will continue through Monday with a chance of rain both days, he said. Winds will pick up during the week and temperatures are expected to remain moderate, officials said.
The nice weather has been accompanied by plenty of sunshine, Skilling noted, setting a record for the longest string of sunnier-than-normal months at 14, he said. The previous record was 13 straight months set 77 years ago with 13 consecutive months during 1934-35.
Chicago may be primed to break yet another record -- the longest period with no measurable snow, Skilling said. There has been no measurable snow -- a depth greater than .1 inch -- since March 5.
So far, this period is the third longest since 1946, when the city had 277 snow-less days, he said. There have been 271 snow-less days since March, a streak may end because officials are watching a possible snow threat for next weekend.
The record for days between measurable snows is 280, set in 1994.
The National Weather Service said today that November was slightly warmer than usual for the Chicago-area. The average high temperature was 49 degrees, .8 degrees above normal, and the average low was 32 degrees, .4 degrees below normal. The average temperature for the month was 40.5 degrees, .2 degrees above normal.
There was .95 inches of precipitation in November, 2.2 inches below normal, the agency said.