MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The Twin Cities hit 100 degrees Monday for the first time this season, the earliest Minnesota has seen triple-digit temperatures on record.
The previous record was May 31, 1934. Monday also represented the fifth consecutive 90-plus degree day in a row, another record for the month of May.
IF the Twin Cities can hit 100° today, it would be the first time since 2012, the 5th consecutive day of 90°+, which is a record streak for May, and would also be the earliest 100° day in the season EVER... records date back to 1872. Current record is May 31, 1934... pic.twitter.com/oqHYdJKu0A— Cody Matz (@CodyMatzFox9) May 28, 2018
Across the metro area Minnesotans of all stripes flocked to lakes, pools and air conditioned buildings, looking to beat the Memorial Day heat in any way they could.
The heat also caused the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to issue an air quality alert for the metro and parts of central and southeast Minnesota from 12 - 8 p.m. Monday. According to the agency, a mix of clear skies, hot temperatures and light winds led to an increase in ground level ozone and an unhealthy level of air quality. Additionally, the MPCA says, "pollutants will collect along the warm front that will be located just south of the Twin Cities and contribute to increased ozone."
For more information about the air quality alert, click here.