Chicago-area residents were treated to above-average temperatures Wednesday afternoon, and the heat wave shattered a multitude of records across the region.
According to the National Weather Service, the most remarkable temperature of the day was recorded at Rockford Airport, where the mercury soared to 69 degrees on Wednesday.
This reading not only set the daily record for December 15, but also equaled the hottest temperature on record in December at the airport, with the corresponding highest temperature recorded on December 3, 2012.
The city of Chicago also broke its daily high temperature record on December 15, when a reading of 65 degrees was recorded at O’Hare International Airport. While not the city’s official reporting site, Midway Airport also registered a record high temperature, with the high temperature reaching 66 degrees.
Other records were set at Waukegan, where a high of 66 degrees was recorded, and Wheeling, where a reading of 66 degrees was recorded at the Chicago Executive Airport.
At DuPage Airport in West Chicago, a record high of 65 degrees was reported, while Aurora Airport in Sugar Grove also reported a record of 66 degrees.
At the National Weather Service‘s office in Romeoville, a record high of 63 degrees was recorded, and northwest Indiana also participated in the act, with a record of 62 degrees recorded at the Valparaiso airport.
Here are some other high temperatures in the region (new daily records marked with an asterisk):
Chicago (Midway): 66 degrees *
Chicago (North Island): 63 degrees
Chicago (O’Hare): 65 degrees *
DeKalb Airport: 64 degrees
Joliet Airport: 65 degrees
Kankakee Airport: 63 degrees
Lansing Airport: 62 degrees
Morris Airport: 65 degrees
Peru Airport: 67 degrees
Pontiac Airport: 65 degrees
La Rochelle Airport: 65 degrees
Rockford Airport: 69 degrees *
Romeoville: 63 degrees *
Schaumburg: 64 degrees
Sugar Grove (Aurora Airport): 66 degrees *
Waukegan Airport: 66 degrees *
West of Chicago (DuPage Airport): 65 degrees *
Wheeling (Chicago Executive Airport): 66 degrees *
Wilmington: 64 degrees