Tuesday was the region’s warmest Jan. 29 ever, toppling an almost century-old record, the National Weather Service said. The high temperature was 63.
The previous record of 59 degrees in 1914 was surpassed before 7 a.m. at O’Hare International Airport.
“It’s incredibly warm weather for this time of year. This is extremely unusual for January,” meteorologist Jim Allsopp said Tuesday.
The 63 degrees reading approached the record high for all of January – 67 degrees set in 1950. Allsopp attributed the warm temperatures to air making its way north from the Gulf of Mexico.
Rain fell most of Tuesday, and much of the area was under a flood watch until 8:30 a.m. today, according to the weather service.
Because of the rain and leaky roofs, two basketball games were affected. Faith Lutheran’s boys’ basketball game against Westminster Christian had to be called off at halftime, and Marian Central’s girls basketball game against McHenry had to be moved to a secondary gym.
Wintery weather returns today, with temperatures in the single digits into Friday.
– Lawerence Synett and Joseph Bustos