DOWNTOWN — If Monday felt extraordinarily cold for this time of year, there’s a good reason: It was the coldest March 4 ever in Chicago.
Monday had the coldest high temperature — just 12 degrees — for a March 4 in Chicago’s recorded history, according to the National Weather Service.
The previous record was March 4, 1890, when the city only got as warm as 17 degrees.
Those low temperatures are unusual for this time of year, as Chicago is normally hovering around the 40s in early March.
The city’s expected to get as warm as just 20 degrees Tuesday, but it’ll hit nearly 30 degrees Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Snow is possible Thursday.
Temperatures will be in the 40s over the weekend and rain and snow are possible.