It wasn't just you: August was cooler than normal

It was just the second month this year to see below normal temperatures.
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If August felt a little cooler to you than normal, you were right. 

The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities says it was a few degrees colder than normal in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud this month. 

The average temperature in the Twin Cities was 68.7 degrees, which is about 2.5 degrees below normal. Meanwhile, the average temp in St. Cloud in August was 64.6 degrees – 3.2 degrees below normal. 

Statewide, the mean temperature for the month was generally 2-4 degrees cooler than normal, making August only the second month so far this year to have cooler than usual temps (the other was May), Mark Seeley wrote on his climate blog

It even got cold enough in northern Minnesota for some counties to see frost, Seeley says. On Aug. 25, it got down to 30 degrees in Embarass, Brimson and Crane Lake.

August was wetter than normal, too

What was more notable for the month of August was how much rain we got, Seeley says. 

Minnesota averaged more than 5 inches of rain, making August the 11th wettest August in state history, Seeley says, noting more than 40 climate stations in Minnesota reported at least one new daily rainfall record during the month. 

As of Aug. 29, only the northwestern portion of the state was experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor

Cool weather to continue

The National Weather Service says these cooler-than-normal temperatures could stick around through mid-September. 

The average high for Sept. 1 in Minneapolis is 77 degrees, but by Sept. 10 the average high drops to 74 degrees, the weather service's website shows

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