10 Hottest Weather Temperature Days in Minneapolis/St. Paul History

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The 10 all-time hottest temperatures ever recorded in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

These are the ten all-time hottest weather temperature days in the history of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The weather data dates back to 1871.

The all-time record for the hottest weather temperature day in Minneapols/St. Paul history is 108 degrees, which occurred on July 14, 1936.

On June 7, 2011 the thermometer reached 103 degrees in Minneapolis. A very hot day for sure, and the hottest day in the city in 23 years, but 103 degrees is not hot enough to crack the top 10 hottest days in the history of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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10 All-Time Hottest Weather Temperature Days in Minneapolis/St. Paul History

1. July 14, 1936 - 108 degrees

T-2. May 31, 1934 - 106

T-2. July 10, 1936 - 106

T-2. July 11, 1936 - 106

T-2. July 12, 1936 - 106

T-6. July 13, 1936 - 105

T-6. July 21, 1934 - 105

T-6. July 22, 1934 - 105

T-6. July 23, 1934 - 105

T-6. July 31, 1988 - 105

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Nine of the ten hottest weather temperature dates in Minneapolis history occurred over two years, 1934 and 1936. The 1930s, and especially the year 1936, saw an incredible amount of weather temperatures records set across the United States.

The earliest date that 100 degrees was ever reached in Minneapolis was May 31, 1934, when it was 106 degrees. The latest date that a 100 degree weather day occurred in Minneapolis was September 10, 1931, when it was 104 degrees.

As you can see, all of the highest temperatures in Minneapolis occurred in the 1930’s, the Dust Bowl years, during the worst drought and heat waves in the United States.

Minneapolis is certainly a city that sees extreme temperatures throughout the year, from searing heat during the summer and bitter cold in the winter, ranging from an all time high of 108 F to an all time low of -34 F.

Minneapolis is also known for high humidity and especially high dew point temperatures during much of the summer, this can really make it feel hotter than the actual air temperature.

For example, on July 21, 2016, the temperature in Minneapolis was in the mid 90s, with a dew point of 80 F made it feel like 115 degrees to 120 degrees, this is called the heat index. This is dangerous because the body actually feels like it is 120 degrees, and the body cannot cool itself by sweating because of this very high humidity.

Minneapolis Geography

The geography and location of Minneapolis affects its weather. Situated in a flat plain where the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers meet, this caused a higher humidity. The elevation of the Minneapolis metro area ranges from 687 feet to 1,060 feet above sea level. During the summer, how air comes up from the south, and during the winter, bitter cold fronts blow down from Canada.

Is Climate Change Affecting Minnesota?

It does appear that the state of Minnesota is warming more rapidly than other states. Winters are not as cold as they used to be, which means more bugs are not being killed off during the winter, and this means that thousands and thousands of acres of forest are being destroyed. Lake Superior is one of the fastest warming lakes on Earth now. Cold weather species like moose and lake trout are disappearing and maple trees are migrating north.

Does this mean that we will see even hotter weather in Minneapolis than we saw during the Dust Bowl years? Time will tell.

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