It felt more like October last night than June. At least ten Iowa communities broke or tied record low temperatures overnight and this morning. Meteorologist Rod Donavon at the National Weather Service says it was a good night to leave the windows open and pile on the quilts.Many of yesterday’s high temperatures were some 20-degrees colder than normal. While today’s forecast calls for warmer weather, Donavon says it’ll still be ten-to-12 degrees cooler than it usually is in late June. Official temperatures this morning include: 47 in Des Moines, tying the record low from 1958; 42 in Waterloo, breaking the 1961 record of 44; 43 in Mason City, a tie with the record from 1958; Ottumwa had 44, breaking the record low of 49 set in 1929; Lamoni had 47, breaking the 1958 record by one degree; Atlantic had 40 degrees, the state’s cold spot, breaking the record low of 42 set in 1974; Webster City had 41, beating the 42 recorded in 1929; Estherville tied the 1958 record at 42; Marshalltown set a new record of 41, beating the 1979 mark of 46; and finally, Ames had 41 degrees, beating the 1961 record of 46.
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