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Skilling: May already nearly 9 degrees warmer than year ago

The return of sunshine today and Friday will boost temperatures well above Wednesday’s sub-par 60-degree high.

That reading was the first below normal temperature of May, and it looks likely to be the last for a while, though a modest temperature downturn Saturday may include cooling northeast winds at area beaches.

May’s 61.8-degree average temperature through Wednesday at the official recording station at O’Hare International Airport is 6.1-degrees above normal. It’s the warmest May open here in 11 years and 8.8-degrees warmer than the same period a year ago. It places this month’s opening eight days as the 19th warmest of any May here since the official observation record began in 1871.


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