We're going to talk about the record breaking heat of the weekend in a moment, but first some a housekeeping item!
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Now let's talk about this heat! It was a scorcher on Sunday not just in my local area, but across the central part of the country!
This is not just hot... it's record hot. And unusual for May. In fact the last time we had a 90 degree day in the month of May in my local area was 2013. And we broke records all across the Midwest -
Here are some of the numbers around the Upper Midwest -
Moline hits 97, previous record: 94 (2012)
Burlington hits 98, previous record: 93 (2012)
Cedar Rapids his 97, previous record: 94 (1914)
Dubuque hits 95, previous record: 94 (1874)
Some records were over 100 years old! Plus.. the last time many of us have been 95 degrees or hotter was in September of 2013. It's been nearly five years since we've had heat like this! And it continues Monday.
I think the GFS and Euro are both under-estimating the warmth and temperatures will be back in the mid to upper 90s across Iowa and Illinois once again. Records will likely fall once again.. here's a look at some spots where it's most likely -
And just like Sunday there could be some isolated, pop-up thunderstorms in the afternoon Monday. It appears spring has gone missing and summer is here for a little bit. Stay cool!
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