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July cold snaps Minnesota record

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The calendar may say July but it feels more like September with temperatures diving into the 50's and 60's on Saturday in one of the coolest July days since 2009. Cold enough that we actually set a record cold high temperature for the date beating out the old record set in 1991 -- but it could have been worse with low temperatures not as cold as they could have been Sunday morning in the metro thanks to some unexpected additional cloud cover.

Much of western and northern Minnesota dropped into the 40's for the second straight night breaking records in many of the same cities that broke through the barrier Saturday morning including St. Cloud, Red Wing, Hutchinson, Marshall, and Eau Claire.

You can see for yourself in the images below just how cold it has been since Friday with the Metro's highs and lows posted along with the records for the date. One record broken isn't bad, but my philosophy is if it's going to be this cold, we might as well break a record and get credit for living through it.  Amazingly enough though, after the record cold, our average temperature for the month is still 2 degrees above normal.  So even though July will finish cool, the month will likely go down as "average".

Big difference comparing this year to last year though.  This graphic is from the National Weather Service and shows the temperatures all of last year as compared to what we have experienced this year.

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