Amid football games and falling leaves, Twin Cities thermometers hovered at or above the 90-degree mark this weekend, setting several records for high temperatures.
On Saturday, the metro area hit 90 degrees, tying records set in 1891 and 1937, according to Michelle Margraf, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Records were broken on Sunday, when temperatures climbed to 90 again. The previous record of 89 was set in 1935, Margraf said.
The Twin Cities saw a streak of summer-like temperatures between Friday and Sunday, Margraf said, when the mercury hit 90 degrees three days in a row. It was the latest that such a streak has ever happened, she said, beating a previous record for a three-day streak set in 1891. That streak occurred from Sept. 21 through Sept. 23.
“It really puts it in perspective how unusual [this weather] is,” Margraf said.
The nation’s weather pattern has been stuck for six days because of tropical storms hovering over the Atlantic Ocean, Margraf said, causing the steamy temperatures.
“It’s like we have fall in the west and summer in the east,” she said.
But change is coming. Monday’s forecast predicts showers, including a possible thunderstorm before 1 p.m., with a chance of showers and thunderstorms after that. It should be cloudy, the weather service predicts, with a high near 69 degrees.
The normal high for tomorrow is 68 — so temperatures should be just about average.
“I think it’s really going to feel cool to people because it’s just been so hot for the last couple days,” Margraf said. “We’ll have to readjust to the normal again.”