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Chicago Just Set a New Record Low Today

The Chicago Skyline sits as a backdrop as fog drifts across Monroe Harbor with temperatures well below zero and wind chills expected to reach 40 to 50 below, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport recorded a new low for this date this morning as temperatures dropped to a brutal minus 16 degrees, breaking a record set over two decades ago.

The previous record was minus 14 degrees, set in 1988, according to the Chicago Tribune. The coldest temperature on record for Chicago remains minus 27 on Jan. 20, 1985.

The Chicago Skyline sits as a backdrop as fog drifts across Monroe Harbor with temperatures well below zero and wind chills expected to reach 40 to 50 below, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The bitter cold temperatures are part of the "Polar Vortex" which is currently sweeping across the Midwest and Northwest.

Medical professionals have warned that those not adequately dressed for the brutally cold weather could "die easily in those conditions."

This post has been updated.

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