Illinois may be enjoying record warmth for February today, but a dangerous weather warning has been issued alongside of it.

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It might not be officially Spring yet, but we're certainly experiencing all the best parts of Spring like warm temps and no rain right now in Illinois!



With temperature highs near 70 degrees expected in Illinois through Tuesday, many people will be heading outdoors to do a little yard work , but there is one very important thing you SHOULDN'T do outside today; burning.

Red Flag Fire Warning Issued for Illinois

If you're thinking today is a perfect day to fire up a burn pit to get rid of all the sticks and leaves that winter has left behind in your yard, it's definitely NOT!

Here's why according to the National Weather Service in Chicago;

US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois via Facebook
US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois via Facebook

This fire danger warning will be in effect until 6 p.m. tonight, (February 26), for the majority of Illinois, so if you need to rake up some outdoor winter mess, do it, just don't burn it!

More Weather Risks for Illinois This Week

Once we make it through today's Red Flag Fire Warning, there are more weather troubles we need to be aware of this week;

  • There is a threat for severe storms, tornadoes, hail, and high winds Tuesday night from around 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Temps will drastically drop heading into Wednesday morning with wind chills in the single digits highly possible.
  • Snow showers could also be possible Wednesday morning.

If Illinois' weather rollercoaster hasn't landed you with a case of the sniffles and sneezes yet, you might want to bulk up on the Vitamin C now...just in case!

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

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Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

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