Michael Goodkin enjoys the warm weather while he sits in the sand Tuesday at Oak Street beach with his golden retriever, Ginger. (Tribune photo)

Today is already the warmest Jan. 29 in Chicago history, toppling an almost 100-year-old record 15 minutes before the sun came up.

The previous record – 59 degrees in 1914 – was surpassed at 6:50 a.m. at O’Hare International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

Chicago is also flirting with a new all-time high for January. The current record is 67 degrees set on Jan. 25, 1950. Today’s forecast is for a high of 66 degrees. At 1 p.m., it was 63 at the airport but had dropped to 58 by about 4 p.m.

“This is basically a May air mass in January,” said Richard Castro, a meteorologist for the weather service.


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