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Cool, dry for All-Star Game; 90 degrees possible next week

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There's a pretty good chance Tuesday's All-Star Game at Target Field will go down as one of the coldest on record, but it'll still be warmer than the temperatures fans had to endure at Monday's rainy Home Run Derby.

Skies are expected to be clear, with temperatures in the high 60s for the first pitch, USA Today reports. Meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog that if it's cooler than 68 degrees, it'll be the coldest All-Star Game on record since 1980, citing statistics from BaseballReference.com.

Although it "may feel like [fans] should be tailgating for a Minnesota Vikings football game in September," AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski told USA Today, many Minnesotans seem to think it's pretty decent weather for a ball game.

"No haze, no smog. No raging storms – just popcorn cumulus clouds and a sprinkling of stars by 10 p.m. Baseball the way it was meant to be," Meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog.

Weather for Tuesday's game is expected to be warmer – and significantly drier – than it was during the Home Run Derby Monday night, which had national media outlets and out-of-town fans highlighting the "Minnesota is always cold" stereotype.

Summer returns next week

As the chilly out-of-towners leave the Twin Cities, the state will start its return to the heat and humidity Minnesotans are accustomed to in the month of July.

There's a chance for frost on the ground for northern Minnesota Wednesday morning, but temperatures will slowly warm up throughout the week.

The warmup will make way for 90-degree temperatures next week, reports say. The cool jet stream that's been chilling Minnesota this week will move north into Canada and a "super heated dome of high pressure" will bring temperatures as hot as 120 degrees to the southwestern deserts – Minnesota will get a taste of the heat from the northeast edge of this weather system, Huttner says.

Huttner says it's a little early to be forecasting next week's possible heat wave, but there are signs that much of Minnesota could see three to five days near or above 90 degrees, with next Monday being the hottest at 93.

Record-setting spring nationwide

It's confirmed – the start of this year was record-breaking.

NOAA's National Climatic Data Center released its quarterly climate report Tuesday, which shows that the first half of the year (January-June) was the coldest it's been for the Lower 48 states in 21 years.

Not only was it cold, but it was also wet, the report notes June was the wettest month on record for Minnesota, and it was the wettest June for the contiguous U.S. since 1989.

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