John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 30 2012
Weather Talk: Late-summer heat waves can bring back high tempsIn late summer, the weather usually is not as hot as it was in high summer. The average high today is 77 degrees, 6 degrees cooler than three weeks ago.
But the weather is not always cooler this time of year. In the past, during the fading days of a dry summer, it has been quite common for there to be a late-summer heat wave. Some examples include 100 degrees on Aug. 25, 1886; back-to-back 100-degree days on Aug. 27-28, 1984; 102 degrees on Sept. 8, 1959; and a most remarkable 101 degrees on Sept. 21, 1936.
But the most remarkable hot day late in the year came on Oct. 17, 1910, when the temperature in Fargo-Moorhead reached 90 degrees, the latest 90-degree day on record. The year 1910 also holds the record for the earliest 80-degree day on March 23.
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