Twin Cities breaks 30-year-old record, hits 80 for first time in 2021

MSP Airport didn't hit 80 until late May last year.
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Temperatures in the Twin Cities blasted past 80 degrees Monday afternoon, marking the first 80 of 2021 and happening more than three weeks before usual. 

According to meteorologist Sven Sundgaard, MSP Airport hit 81 degrees around 1 p.m. to break the daily high temperature record of 80 that was set in 1991. 

Not bad for the fifth day of April, especially when you consider that the latest first 80-degree day on record in Minneapolis is June 12. That happened in 1924 and 1935, respectively. 

This year's fist taste of 80 comes nearly two months earlier than last year, as It didn't hit 80 in the Twin Cities May 26 last year. 

Meanwhile, the heat will help fuel thunderstorms in parts of Minnesota later Monday, and some could be severe. 

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