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Record setting heat wave continues

Brainerd sets high temp record for sixth straight day

Posted: March 19, 2012 - 10:16pm
Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch Juliann Kesti helped her two-year-old daughter Victoria navigate the monkey bars in Lum Park Monday. With the temperatures topping out at 74 degrees the parks are clear of snow and the playground equipment is being used.
Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch Juliann Kesti helped her two-year-old daughter Victoria navigate the monkey bars in Lum Park Monday. With the temperatures topping out at 74 degrees the parks are clear of snow and the playground equipment is being used.

Central Minnesotans are likely to remember this remarkable stretch of warm weather, after all it’s altering the record books.

Monday marked the sixth straight day of record setting high temperatures. Monday’s high of 76 degrees shattered the previous record high of 61 set in 1991. The normal high for this date is 40 degrees. The record low for this date came with a chilly 20 below in 1923.

Monday’s new high came after a balmy March night where overnight temperatures didn’t drop below 63 degrees. Since March 14, Brainerd has recorded record highs at first starting in the mid-60s. Saturday, Sunday and Monday all reached a summer-like 70s degrees — all before spring officially began.

Three days this month are now listed among the hottest March days on record since 1899. Saturday is now the third warmest, just behind 78 degrees posted on March 27, 2007 and 80 degrees recorded on March 28, 1946. Sunday’s high of 73 degrees tied with two other dates (in 2000 and 1945) for sixth warmest. Monday’s will tie for third warmest in the weather record books.

And the streak may not be over yet. The temperature just has to rise past the 61 degrees to topple the old record set on March 20, 1938.

The rest of the week may have to work at it to reach record-breaking status. But the forecast is heavy on much-needed rain with at least a chance of showers most of the week and highs in the 60s, about 20 degrees or more above average.

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at 855-5852 or renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Dispatchbizbuzz.