Rockford records highest temperature on record in December, as Chicago sets daily record – NBC Chicago



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Chicago and Rockford recorded record high temperatures on Wednesday, which are expected to rise further before midnight.

According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures in Rockford reached 69 degrees on Wednesday, while Chicago hit 65 degrees.

The last time Rockford and Chicago hit record high temperatures in the 1960s on December 15 was in 1971, the National Weather Service reported. Temperatures could rise further Wednesday evening.

Weather officials noted that Rockford’s 69 degrees on Wednesday was also tied with the all-time high for December, which was originally set for December 3, 2021.

Due to the expected “devastating winds” throughout the Chicago area on Wednesday night, residents of the Chicago area are urged to secure all outdoor vacation decorations and lighter outdoor furniture.

“Be sure of all exterior decorations, including vacation decorations and lighter outdoor furniture,” the National Weather Service said in a warning.

The National Weather Service issued a severe wind warning of 6 p.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday for parts of north-central and northeastern Illinois.

The following counties are included in the wind warning: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, LaSalle, Kendall.

Winds are expected to reach 30 to 35 mph, with a few gusts sweeping the Chicago area at 60 mph. Officials said the most damaging high winds are expected overnight between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday.

The gusts of wind could bring down trees and power lines, officials have warned, with “widespread blackouts” possible.

The National Weather Service has advised to be cautious when driving in windy conditions, especially on freeways and open roads. Residents are asked to avoid the outdoors during the warning, especially in wooded areas and around trees.

The National Weather Service warned people should stay on the lower levels of their homes and avoid windows during the windstorm.

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