Record high temperatures across the Chicago area this Friday afternoon

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People enjoy lunch time in the full sun and high temperatures that will reach the 80s in the Exelon Plaza in downtown Chicago on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune) B583720989Z.1 ….OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION…

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CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CST record high temperatures for February 17 were recorded at O’Hare, Midway and Rockford – all posting readings in the lower 60s.

The 62-degrees at Chicago’s official O’Hare International Airport observing site broke a 137-year record of 60-degrees set back in 1880.

At Midway airport the 63-degrees snapped the 58-degree record set in 2011. And the 62-degree reading at Rockford easily exceeded the old record of 59-degrees set at that location in 1981.

With sunny skies and southwest winds, readings still could reach even higher this afternoon.

Map of current area-wide temperatures…



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