Records fall as Memorial Day weekend heat wave continues across Minnesota

Heat wave
The sun shines bright above St. Paul on Saturday, May 26, 2018 as temperatures climb into the 90s.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News

Updated: 6 p.m. | Posted: 3:30 p.m.

Parts of Minnesota saw record-high temperatures on Saturday, with even warmer conditions expected across the state on Sunday as the Memorial Day weekend heat wave continues.

The Duluth airport reported a high temperature of 92 degrees — shattering the previous record high for May 26 of 85 degrees, set in 1978 and again in 2014, the National Weather Service reported.

There was relief near Lake Superior, with temperatures at the Duluth harbor only in the mid-50s as of mid-afternoon Saturday; the Grand Marais harbor stayed in the 40s much of the day.

The average high for Duluth at this time of year is about 65 degrees.

Other records set in the region Saturday include at St. Cloud, which hit 95 degrees (old record 93, set in 1914) and Brainerd, which reached 92 (old record 88, set in 2014). Rochester (91 degrees) and Fargo, N.D. (93) each tied a daily record.

The Twin Cities just missed a record high — the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hit 94 degrees, and the record for the date is 96.

Even hotter weather is expected on Sunday, and the Weather Service in the Twin Cities has issued a heat advisory for Hennepin and Ramsey counties from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The heat index may reach 100 degrees in the Twin Cities on Sunday afternoon.

Hennepin and Ramsey counties have created a list of places where people can go for relief from the heat, such as malls, pools, libraries and recreation centers:

  1. Hennepin County cooling locations

  2. Ramsey County cooling locations

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