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Published December 26, 2011, 12:46 PM

Grand Forks, Fargo Set High Temperature Records

It appears both Fargo and Grand Forks have broken their record high-temperature marks for Monday, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks.

By: Forum Communications, WDAZ

It appears both Fargo and Grand Forks have broken their record high-temperature marks for Monday, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks.

As of noon, the temperature in Fargo was 51 degrees, breaking the record of 45 for this day set in 1959, the weather service website shows.

The temperature in Grand Forks was 48 degrees at 11 a.m., blowing past the previous record of 42.

Temps in Fargo could hit 51 degrees today, said Mike Lukes of the weather service.

In Grand Forks, the mercury could go beyond 48, Lukes said.

The normal temperature in Fargo for today is 19 degrees with a low of 3 degrees, Lukes said.

The high for Christmas day in Fargo was 44.1 degrees, Lukes said, falling short of the record of 47 degrees for that day, set in 1999.

In Grand Forks, Christmas saw a high of 42 degrees, but it, too, fell short of the record of 45 degrees set in 1999.

Lukes said a weather pattern known as an Arctic oscillation is keeping this winter’s deep cold in the Arctic Circle. Coupled with a lack of snow cover, warm southern winds, and bright sun in a partly cloudy sky, the area has the formula for another glorious day.

The record low for today in Fargo is minus 32 degrees, Lukes said. In Grand Forks, the record low for today is minus 29 degrees as recorded in the city, he said.

Tonight’s low is expected to be about 17 degrees, with clouds and a possibility of scattered snow showers, the NWS reports.

Tuesday, temperatures are expected to dip back into a more seasonal range, with a high around 28 degrees, and a low of 17 degrees.

Lukes said the Red River Valley will see light dustings of snow throughout the week, with highs in the 30s, and lows in the high teens to 20s.

He said the next chance for a more significant snowfall might come with the weekend.

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