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Summer Heat Returns After Taking The Month Off

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – You can’t call it the calm before the storm because there’s no sign of severe weather – just a whole lot of heat and humidity.

Summer, in the scorching sense, hasn’t made an appearance in quite a while. Recently it’s felt almost like fall.

But like a carefree kid getting ready to head back to school, a reality check is also on the way in the form of 90-degree weather.

Meteorologist Chris Shaffer hasn’t reported 90-degree highs in more than a month.

“We haven’t had any 90s since that little heat wave we had back on July 16, 17, and 18 when we strung together 3 days of 90s,” Shaffer said.

Since then, it’s been kind of comfortable.

“A lot of the flow was from the northwest so we were taking that cooler, drier Canadian air and it was just cycling over us,” he said.

But hot air is moving in from the south and four of the next six days could get sticky. An average Minnesota summer has about 11 days of 90-plus degrees. We’ve had nine so far this year, so we’ll beat the average but come nowhere close to 2012.

“Last year we were in the 90s 31 times,” Shaffer said. “It was hot and humid, like, the whole summer, and I think people grew accustomed to that.”

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