04/28/2013 11:37 am ET

Spring Weather: Chicago Sees Warm Up After Rainy April That Included Snow Flurries And Chilly Temps


Another Chicago winter is finally in the rearview with the long-awaited arrival of spring.

For real, this time.

Temperatures hit the upper-60s on Saturday, which helped fill the sidewalks, outdoor patios and, according to the Tribune, Millennium Park and the downtown lakefront.

Weather-predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil had been way off in his prognostication as Chicago shivered out March and much of April — the latter of which was also marked by so much rain, it made for the wettest April on record.

Many towns around the Chicagoland area are still bailing out as flood waters recede at a snail's pace.

Tuesday could see a high of 80 degrees, according to the Weather Channel, but temperatures could slide back into the mid-50s before the weekend.

A warm-up in the Windy City doesn't mean the end of soggy streets, however. According to NBC Chicago, April showers will roll into May, with chances of thunderstorms possible from Monday evening through Friday.

As more balmy weather moves in, much to the delight of most Chicagoans, warms temps have also historically correlated to a spike in violence.

This month may be the first time in eight years the year-to-date homicide total does not reach 100 in April, though many believe the inclement weather of the past month was the primary cause.


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