Chicago Weather: City, suburbs see unseasonably warm October temps

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Chicagoans are savoring what could be the last taste of summer. (WLS)

Chicagoans are savoring what could be the last taste of summer. Temperatures across the city and suburbs reached the low-to-mid 80s on Monday.

ABC7 Meteorologist Cheryl Scott said temperatures at O'Hare officially hit a high of 82 degrees, falling just short of the record of 86 degrees set in 1950.

However, Scott said we could set a record for the warmest low temperature overnight. Temperatures are expected to drop only to 68 degrees, which would break the record warm low of 65 degrees set in 1910.

"Winds pumping in from the south will keep us above average tonight and into the next two days," Scott said.

But the warm weather won't last forever. Scott said Tuesday and Wednesday will see high temperatures near 70 degrees, and temperatures will struggle to reach 60 degrees by Thursday.

The average high this time of year is 62 degrees.

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The unseasonably warm temperatures caught some overdressed commuters off guard.

The leaves in the trees are taking on their autumn tone, but it felt more like summer along the Chicago River Monday.
"I was pretty shocked by how warm it is. It's unseasonably warm for this time of year, but I love it," said Ryan Benson.

With temperatures expected to climb to 80 degrees by mid-afternoon, there were a few commuters who may be a bit overdressed for the heat, like one woman in a big overcoat. But commuter Katy Kleinfeldt checked the forecast.

"I was ready to grab my jacket because last week it surprised us,I think it was Wednesday it got really chilly, but I was just ok, I'm walking along the lake today," said Kleinfeldt.
The only person ABC7 spoke to who called this weather a tad too cold was a visitor from Down Under.

"A little chilly compared to Australia, yeah," said Jo Fox.

But that's not exactly a fair comparison as in the Southern Hemisphere they are heading toward summer, not a Chicago winter.
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