Warm First Day of Fall Follows Roller Coaster Summer

Updated: 09/22/2013 2:28 PM
Created: 09/22/2013 12:38 PM
By: Cassie Hart

Even though it’s the first official day of fall it will feel more like summer with highs in the 70s. The warm temperatures follow up the roller coaster weather of the summer. Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said summer started with a boom on June 21 as severe thunderstorms, with 60-plus mph winds roared through the Twin Cities at 3 a.m.   

Then another round of bad weather ripped through the Twin Cities immediately after. That storm packed 65-plus mph winds, knocking down trees and power lines all over the metro area leaving some areas without electricity for days.

Jonathan said the heat of 2013 was brief but intense. “The first hot spell arrived on July 4 and lasted through July 18 with highs well into the 90s at times. Then it was back to the cool pattern that was around for much of June. The high on July 27 was 64 degrees, which is more typical for early October.”

He said Aug. started out cool but then turned into blazing heat just as the Minnesota State Fair started on Aug 22. Temperatures were in the mid to upper 90s for a number of days during the fair. Schools that started in late August had many problems as classrooms were just too hot.

September held onto the heat with more days in the 90s.

The other big story of the summer was the rain that was heavy a few times in July then stopped in August and September. Although on Aug. 6, severe thunderstorms brought heavy rains and large hail to much of the west and south Metro.

The rest of September will likely be warmer than average with some cool days at times then we may slip into a wet and cool October, said Yuhas.

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Minneapolis/St. Paul

Broken Clouds
76° | 64°
  • Feels like: 81° F
  • Wind: SW 7mph
  • Humidity: 54%
  • Sat Showers and thunderstorms late
    75° | 54°
  • Sun Mostly sunny
    70° | 51°
  • Mon Abundant sunshine
    70° | 50°
  • Tue Mostly sunny
    74° | 56°