As leaves change and drop, it certainly looks like fall, but summer-like temperatures have yet to yield to the calendar.
Vegetable gardens continue to grow.
Sandals remain in fashion.
Hot weather, from a summer loaded with 90-degree days, continues to set records.
Wednesday, Sept. 29, a record that stood the test of time since 1905 finally fell to the extended summer of 2021.
The National Weather Service reported record warmth occurred last week across portions of the Northland, including Brainerd, Hibbing and International Falls.
“Multiple records were broken yesterday!” the weather service posted via Twitter Thursday. “Both Brainerd and Hibbing set new record high temperatures - at 84° and 79° respectively. Brainerd also broke their warm low record, only getting as low as 56° (breaking a record of 55°). Int. Falls tied their record warm low of 52°.”
Brainerd’s high of 84 degrees Wednesday bested a 116-year weather record by a single degree. Duluth didn’t reach central Minnesota’s warmth, but its 69 degrees, the weather service noted, was still above the average high temperature for the day.
Brainerd’s high temperature of 83 degrees Thursday was nearly 18 degrees warmer than the average for this time of year.
The high temperature for September was 88 degrees on Sept. 19. The lowest temperature was 37 degrees Sept. 22. That cool temperature stands in sharp contrast to the recent overnight lows that were just below 60 degrees.
The normal high temperature for this time of year is 64 degrees with a 42-degree low.
Friday, the first day of October, reached a high of 72 degrees on a rainy, overcast day. A chance for isolated thunderstorms extends into Saturday but the weather service did not expect storms to be severe. Beyond a chance of showers Saturday, the rain clouds should move out leaving a forecast of sunny skies throughout the week ahead. Temperatures are anticipated to remain above average and into the 70s with southern breezes. Overnight lows may range from the upper 40s to mid-50s.
The weather service’s forecast office states a prolonged period of dry weather is expected this week with temperatures remaining above normal. The forecast will provide perfect weather for any outdoor maintenance or painting in preparation for an inexorable change to cooler fall days and winter.
If it seemed like a hot summer, it was.
In August, Brainerd had 16 days with temperatures above normal from a couple of degrees to 14.5 degrees. August had eight days at 90 or above, reaching 95 twice. Eleven days were 80 or above with three days at 88.
July had six days in the 90s, also reaching 95 degrees once. And there were 16 days in the 80s, with nine of those days at 85-89 degrees.
June started with the heat early, reaching 91 degrees on June 3, and topping that with 100 degrees on June 4. From June 3 to June 10, temperatures remained in the 90s for highs — every single day. The first month of summer had nine days in the 90s and 10 days in the 80s, with five of those days at 85-88 degrees.
If the weather forecast for the low 70s continues for the week ahead, the days will be warm but unlikely to set any new records with a variety of years hanging on to temperatures in the 80s in the record books.
Looking at the 8- to 14-day temperature outlook into mid-October, the extended forecast has central Minnesota leaning to above normal temperatures. The seasonal outlooks into the coming winter and next spring have equal chances of above or below normal temperatures with most of the nation anticipated to experience above-normal temperatures through the winter and into the summer of 2022.