Chicago Hit a Record High Tuesday, and Then Things Took a Wild Turn

It was a good day for a picnic in Chicago on Tuesday, until the weather changed. (WTTW News)It was a good day for a picnic in Chicago on Tuesday, until the weather changed. (WTTW News)

Chicago went from tank-top to sweatshirt weather in a matter of minutes on Tuesday in one of the wildest temperature swings the city has ever seen.

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The day started on a high note, with the mercury hitting 87 degrees at O’Hare, tying a record high set back in 1986. Folks flocked to the lakefront, parks and outdoor patios to soak up the warmth, but Mother Nature had a surprise in store.

A cold front combined with a lake breeze sent temperatures plummeting 30 degrees in just 20 minutes at Northerly Island, according to the National Weather Service.

It was one of the biggest, fastest drops recorded, matched only by a 27-degree freefall that took place in 10 minutes on April 20, 1936. 

Here’s how it all played out:







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