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Wendy Reuer, Published August 28 2012

The heat is on ... again

FARGO – As Labor Day nears, a little rain may drop in over the weekend, but temps are expected to stay warm enough to enjoy an unofficial end to summer that feels like summer.

After today’s forecasted high of 95 degrees by the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, temps are expected to remain warm through the holiday weekend, probably around the mid to lower 80s, said meteorologist Bill Barrett with the weather service.

The record temperature for today was 99 degrees, set in 1961.

“It’s still warm for this time of year, or for any time of year here,” Barrett said.

WDAY Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler said the above average August weather is expected.

“Most of August was fairly cool. It is so not unusual to have a few days in the 90s, it just isn’t. It does happen fairly routinely,” he said.

Since June marked a warmer-than-average month and July made the history books as the second-warmest month on record (behind July 1936) even a cooler August could make the 2012 summer one for the books.

Wheeler said that depending on how the last few days of the month turn out, June, July and August will likely end up being Fargo-Moorhead’s fourth-warmest summer on record.

Wheeler said it’s difficult to forecast the month of September, but he suspects students will be back to school in a warmer-than-average month. The average high temperature on the first day of September is 76 degrees, and by the end of the month, it is usually 64 degrees, Wheeler said.

“We won’t be above average every day in September, but my guess is less than half of the days of the month will be,” he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530