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Associated Press, Published August 27 2013

Stifling heat is a record breaker in Twin Cities

ST. PAUL — Ice pops helped cool students on the first day of classes at a Minneapolis elementary school as temperatures climbed into the 90s.

Most of the school district's buildings are air conditioned, but not all of them, including Hiawatha Elementary School.

Excessive heat warnings remain in effect for the southern third of Minnesota through Tuesday night. The record-breaking heat also had State Fair goers sweating on the fair grounds' steamy asphalt. Ice cream cones melted quickly as visitors looked for shade or an air-conditioned building.

Minnesota Public Radio News says the mercury hit 97 at the Twin Cities airport Monday, breaking a record set back in 1948.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

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