Summerlike warmth will kick off the month of October in Chicago, with temperatures forecast to soar to the 80 degree mark.
The first of these unseasonable temperatures arrived Tuesday afternoon with abundant sunshine.
Wednesday will follow suit with sunny skies and high temperatures hitting the 80-degree mark in the afternoon, before falling to a mild mid-60 degree temperature in the evening.
Showers and thunderstorms will arrive on this night and are forecast to stick around over the next couple of days.
Despite the shower and thunderstorms, the warmth will continue into Thursday and Friday.
Those looking to get outside should do so in the midweek, as temperatures will cool into the mid- to high 60s to start the weekend.
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While colder air will flow into the Northeast this week, the lack of snow will continue through the end of December and the start of 2015.
A storm and cold air forecast to develop at the end of 2014 and linger into the start of 2015 will deliver snow, rain and a frost or freeze to portions of California.
Rain, snow, and unseasonably cold conditions will impact much of the West through the upcoming week with the threat of slippery travel in parts of the Southwest by midweek.
As the year comes to a close and people prepare to celebrate the start of 2015, many will be bundling up as cold weather stretches from coast to coast.
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