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'Perfect' weather ahead after record lows Wednesday morning


This week marks the halfway point for meteorological summer, but temperatures around the state were borderline wintry Wednesday morning.

It was a whopping 35 degrees in Brimson, Minnesota, located 30 miles northeast of Duluth, the National Weather Service says, which was the coldest reported temperature in the state Wednesday morning.

Temperatures across northern Minnesota were 6 to 11 degrees cooler than they were Tuesday morning, WCCO reports. This blast of chilly weather was cold enough to set a record low in International Falls.

Record lows were also set in several cities across the Upper Midwest. It was 49 degrees Wednesday morning in Sioux City, South Dakota, which beats the old record of 50 degrees, set in 1976. Several other record lows were set around South Dakota.

The low in Madison, Wisconsin, was 48 degrees, tying the record, the National Weather Service says.

It was 55 degrees in the Twin Cities Wednesday morning, which wasn't cold enough to beat the record low of 51 degrees, WCCO notes.

Although temps were chilly Tuesday night, the clear skies made for a colorful sunset over Target Field:

'Perfect' weather ahead

We'll climb out of this mid-summer cool down starting Wednesday, as temperatures warm back to average for mid-July – and they'll keep getting warmer through the weekend.

Some meteorologists are calling the weather for the remainder of the week "perfect" – high pressure will keep most of the state dry and sunny through the rest of the week, the National Weather Service reports. It won't be too humid, either, Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog.

This warming trend will bring temperatures in the mid to upper 80s this weekend, with the chance of reaching 90 degrees next week, the weather service notes. It'll get increasingly sticky this weekend as temperatures continue to heat up, Huttner notes.

There's also chance of scattered thunderstorms in northern Minnesota this weekend, the weather service says.

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