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Winter returning after one-day weather respite

Taking advantage warm weather Telly Gomez from Aurorlines up put Phillips Park AurorTuesday January 29 2013. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Medi

Taking advantage of the warm weather, Telly Gomez from Aurora lines up a put at Phillips Park in Aurora on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 2, 2013 6:25AM

Before the rains came, Tuesday was a fine day for golfing or jogging or working outside.

Wednesday? Probably not so much.

Late Tuesday morning, the temperature reached 61 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, two degrees above the record high of 59 for the date, set back in 1914, according to the National Weather Service.

Since temperature record keeping began in 1872, there have only been 33 days in January with temperatures above 60 degrees in the area, the weather service said.

The balmy conditions won’t last. Heavy rains rolled in Tuesday afternoon, and the temperature was expected to drop rapidly Tuesday night — with the weather service predicting a mix of rain and snow for Wednesday.

Come Thursday night, the spring-like weather will likely be but a distant memory, with a low near 4 degrees, according to the weather service.

“It’s definitely more of a springlike system,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Enderlen said of Tuesday’s weather. “When the cold air comes back in, we’ll come back to a more typical winter setup.”

Golfers were out at Aurora’s Phillips Park course Tuesday morning. And before noon Tuesday, St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago had about 40 reservations.

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