The wave of extreme heat washing over Illinois has given Chicago something it hasn't seen since 2005: a 100-degree day.National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Rodriguez says the temperature in the city officially hit 100 degrees Thursday afternoon.
Phones have been ringing off the hook since the end of February at the Gethsemane Garden Center in Chicago. Annual plant manager Carol Rice said the warm weather has had a big affect on sales for March."
According to the National Weather service, temperatures reached the 80s in the Chicago region today, breaking yet another weather record.Today's weather has broken a record set back in 1921, making today the seventh consecutive day Chicago has either broken or tied a record for warm temperatures."
This winter has been the third warmest on record for Illinois, with the average temperature being 5 degrees above normal.Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the average temperature from December through February was 34.2 degrees.The warmest winter on record was during 1931-1932, at 37.1 degr