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Brainerd breaks record Sunday with 86-degree temp

Even though Sunday's 86 degrees broke a high temperature record, cool temperatures moved in and the skies cleared Monday, Sept. 17, showcasing the beginning of autumn leaf color on the banks of the Mississippi River in Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

If Brainerd residents thought it was especially hot for a September day—Sunday, Sept. 16—they would be correct.

Brainerd hit 86 degrees Sunday, breaking the daily record of 82 degrees set in 2015, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported. The NWS reported International Falls also broke its daily record Sunday when it hit 87 degrees, besting the previous high of 85 degrees set in 1922.

While Brainerd beat its 2015 record, Bill Leatham, NWS meteorologist intern, said three years ago the city tied the original temperature high record set in 1968 of 82 degrees. The record of 82 degrees was tied again in 1987.

While not a record, Brainerd hit 81 degrees on the same date in 1935 and tied that high temperature in 1998 and 2008.

Residents may have run their air conditioners more this month, as temperatures often lingered in the 80s. Brainerd saw a high of 86 degrees both Saturday and Sunday and between 80-84 degrees three days last week. Leatham said a couple of years ago, Brainerd hit temps in the 80s multiple times, but didn't break any records.

The biggest reason for warmer temperatures this past weekend was a weather front over the area lifting north, bringing in warm southerly winds, Leatham said.

"For September, especially since we are in middle of September, we are seeing warmer than the normal temperatures, but this is not unprecedented," Leatham said. "The weather was warmer than normal, but the other days we didn't break any records."

Normal high temperatures for September are usually the mid-70s in the beginning of the month to mid-60s by the middle of the month. And these normal temperatures are what Brainerd is forecast to see this week as the front has moved out of the area and northwest winds are bringing in cooler temperatures and less humidity.

Temperatures this week began Monday with a high of 67—a far cry from Sunday's 86 degrees—and are expected to drop to highs of 64-65 degrees for Wednesday through Friday, with a high of 66 for Saturday and Sunday.

The dew points dropped from the upper 60s Sunday down to mid 40s Monday, Leatham said.

Along with the cooler temperatures forecast this week, there is a small chance of rain. Brainerd is listed with a 20 percent chance of showers Tuesday night and a 60 percent chance after 1 p.m. Wednesday.