Excessive heat warnings issued againby Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
ST. PAUL, Minn. — An excessive heat warning from the National Weater Service continues for a third day in central and southern Minnesota through tonight.
Forecasters are saying the temperature could top 97 degrees, threatening to reach the triple digits for a second day in a row.
Temperatures of 100 degrees or more aren't rare in the Twin Cities. The temperature hit that mark in 2006 and last year. But it's been nearly a quarter century since the Twin Cities had a summer with two or more days with highs over 100. And it's only happened four times since World War II.
"You have to go back, let's see, 1988, and then before that you have to go back to 1955 where you have two hundreds in one year. It just doesn't happen that often," said Pete Boulay, with the Department of Natural Resources climatology office.
The temperature hit a new record high of 101 at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport yesterday. There was a new record low temperature of 81 degrees as well.