It may be mid-July but it already feels like fall in northern Minnesota.
A National Weather Service cooperative observer at Embarrass reported a low of 31 degrees Wednesday morning. Temperatures overnight ranged from near 40 over parts of east-central Minnesota to the mid-50s over southern Minnesota.
On Tuesday, air conditioners were shut off, beaches emptied and coats were brought out of mothballs as record low temperatures were reported around the state.
At the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the high was 60 degrees, the National Weather Service reported. The previous record for the lowest high temperature for July 18 was 64 degrees, set in 1911. A record low of 52 degrees was tied at the airport. It was previously set in 1962 and 1984.
Temperatures were low because of a cold front that passed through the region on Sunday that kept cool, Canadian high pressure over much of the state, the weather service said. Clouds and rain kept temperatures from increasing during the day.
Elsewhere in Minnesota, the temperature fell short of records, dropping to 45 in International Falls, 46 in Duluth and 48 in Hibbing. In northern Minnesota, the sun broke through later in the day, creating high temperatures of 69 in International Falls, 61 in Duluth and 66 in Hibbing.
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