Workers strolled coatless through downtown. Women wore skirts over bare legs. And joggers were in shorts and T-shirts. A man on the West Side was photographed sporting shorts.
Many Chicagoans enjoyed temperatures that soared into the 60s Tuesday — exactly one week after they had to bundle up against subzero temperatures and brutal wind chills.
National Weather Service meteorologist David Beachler said the weather this winter and last, "definitely has been very odd," adding that Tuesday's warm, humid air was more typical of late spring or early summer. On Friday, Chicago got its first snowfall of more than an inch this winter, breaking a 114-year-old record for the latest first snowfall over an inch.
Beachler said those who like Tuesday's warmth — a record for the day — should enjoy it, because it won't last.
By Thursday, high temperatures likely will be in the teens and snow is expected.