Chicago Weather: Record warming trend continues Sunday

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Monday, February 20, 2017
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Chicagoans are out enjoying the unseasonably warm weather this weekend.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Sunday brought another day of beautiful, spring-like weather in the middle of February, the third day of historic record-breaking warm temperatures.

And there could be three more days of record highs this week, said ABC7 meteorologist Phil Schwarz. The Chicago area has seen six consecutive days of temperatures above 60 degrees, making it one of the warmest Februarys.

It's a historic warm spell, with temperatures climbing into the mid 60's. Saturday's high was 70 degrees, well above the previous record of 62. Sunday's expected of 65 will tie the record set back in 1930, with a high of 68 on Monday, topping the record of 64.

And Chicagoans continued to basked in the sun and warmth.

Sunday morning, plenty of people were out running and walking their dogs without a coat or winter gear.

At the Downers Grove Park District golf course, they opened Sunday for the first time in February. Golfers who have President's Day off said they plan to come back on Monday.

The warm weather was bad news for the skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park. The ribbon was closed Sunday until about 4:30 p.m.

Spring is officially less than a month away. Regardless, snow showers are expected on Saturday.

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Saturday was also the 63rd day in a row without an inch of snow, one day short of the winter record of 64 set twice in the winters of 1953-54 and 1905-6 and with no snow in the forecast for the next several days, the snowless stretch could reach 70 days.