Chicago nears record low temperatures

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Temperatures are dropping today and it feels like summer has abandoned us.

Now there's some concern about conditions at area beaches where the water is warmer than the air temperature.

Chicago hit 55 degrees this morning, coming close to breaking a record low of 52 degrees, set in 1957.

We also could break a record high/low this afternoon of 65 degrees which was set in 1903.

WGN Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory says the low pressure system swirling around the region is creating some concerns at the beach.

Rip currents could be an issue, especially in portions of Northwest Indiana where we could see waves between four and seven feet high.

Rip currents flow away from shore, causing dangerous and potentially deadly situations for swimmers.

With all the talk about the cold weather system, many people have been asking on social media, "is this the Polar Vortex?"

Demetrius says this is nothing like the Polar Vortex we experienced in January.



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  • Richard Engelman

    I’m from Chicago. I have watched WGN-TV for many years in the Tampa Bay Area. First on Bright House Networks, then on Verizon. This week , WGN-TV has been replaced by WGN America! YUCK! Every week I call my Dad , who lives in Grayslake,Illinois, with my brother. We both have WGN-TV on and talk about the news and the weather. Not anymore. What happened to WGN-TV in the Tampa Bay Area?