Near record heat gives way to fall-like readings

Published 11:36 am Wednesday, September 12, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Near record breaking heat gives way to more autumn-like temperatures in Minnesota.

The National Weather Service says the 95 degree reading at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Tuesday was one degree shy of the record set in 1931. The heat and gusty winds created a potential fire hazard in much of the state.

Firefighters continue to battle a blaze in northern Minnesota east of Red Lake. Minnesota Interagency Fire Center spokeswoman Jean Goad says the fire has burned about 175 acres so far. Goad expected the fire to be under control in the next several days.

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The Star Tribune ( ) says temperatures won’t get much above 70 degrees the rest of the work week.