Minnesotans are used to hearing the Land of 10,000 Lakes is cold in the winter, but not in July.
Out-of-towners and national media outlets were griping about the cold during Monday's Home Run Derby. It was 19 degrees cooler than the average temperature for mid-July, KARE 11 reports, which set a record for the coldest high on July 14.
WCCO reports the seven retail shops set up in downtown Minneapolis to sell All-Star Game apparel were sold out of sweatshirts and blankets by lunchtime Monday because many fans didn't pack the proper attire.
By Monday night it was raining at Target Field, which delayed the start of the derby and gave people plenty of time to share their opinions about Minnesota's weather.
By the time the derby started, it was about 60 degrees in the Twin Cities, and people were bundled up in their seats.
The weather was the focus of several national news broadcasts Monday.
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Even Minnesotans joked about the weather:
And this upstate New York reporter:
A Texas fan watching the derby has been scared from ever visiting Minnesota:
Phil Mackey, who works with ESPN Radio in the Twin Cities, also poked fun at the weather:
He was also among the many to make it a point to mention the lack of retractable roof on the ballpark.
Others tweeted out that Minnesota will never get the All-Star Game again because it's too cold year round, while some brought up the Super Bowl set for Minneapolis in 2018 – but the stadium will have a roof:
While some Minnesotans took to Twitter to try and convince those in town – and watching the Home Run Derby from home – that it's not usually this cold in the summer.
Former KARE 11 meteorologist Jarrid Sebesta, who's known for his #BlameJerrid hashtag on Twitter when Minnesota's weather is less than ideal, put it into perspective.
And some fans weren't complaining.
Fans may have been poking some fun at Minnesota's weather, but at least they got to enjoy a double rainbow over Target Field.
All-Star Game forecast
Weather for Tuesday's All-Star Game is expected to be cooler than average, but without the rain.
“One of the greatest things about All-Star week is it’s going to be a showcase for the nation that this isn’t necessarily the ice box 12 months of the year that people think it is,” Twins President Dave St. Peter told the Associated Press in a story published Monday. “That we have maybe arguably the best weather in the country for three or four months out of the year. That’s what will be on display on Tuesday.”
The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 71 degrees and partly cloudy skies for the Twin Cities Tuesday – which should be decent weather to watch baseball and show off Minnesotans are more than just nice, the weather can be too.