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Published May 26 2010

Monday’s heat set record; mild for holiday

The weather forecast looks nice going into the Memorial Day weekend, but not nearly as warm as Monday, when Fargo-Moorhead set a record high temperature.

The metro reached 90 degrees, breaking the previous record of 88 degrees set in 1980, said John Wheeler, WDAY’s chief meteorologist.

Temperatures Friday and Saturday may hit the 80s, higher than the average temperature of 74 degrees, but still below Monday’s high, Wheeler said. Temperatures Sunday and Memorial Day on Monday should reach the mid-70s.

An average of one day each May reaches 90 degrees, so Monday’s heat was not out of the ordinary, Wheeler said.

And though it was 90 degrees in Fargo on Monday, Grand Forks and Jamestown, N.D., reached just 68 degrees.

For the month, temperatures in the metro are about 1 degree below the average, which can be attributed to the cool first couple of weeks of May, Wheeler said.