Twin Cities goes through historic cool snap

Purple coneflower
A purple coneflower, also known as echinacea.
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The Twin Cities are wrapping up an early summer cold snap that hasn't been matched since 1951.

The State Climatology Office says the temperatures in St. Paul and Minneapolis stayed below for 60 for three straight days. That hasn't happened in June since June 1-3, 1951.

The office says the only other years with three days in a row of high temperatures below 60 in June are 1917, 1935, and 1937. There are no such four-day cold snaps on record.

The Twin Cities streak went from Saturday to Monday. It's expected to end on Tuesday as the National Weather Service forecast highs in the middle 60s.

The high temperature of 52 degrees on Saturday set a record as the lowest high temperature for that date.

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