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Ed’s Weather Journal: 3rd Earliest 80 in Des Moines

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This afternoon we hit 80 degrees! Our old record high was 77 set in 1975.Our average high right now is 48. Average temperatures for the first of June are 79 and 57.

This is the 3rd earliest 80 degree day in Des Moines. The last time we made to 80 or above was 81 on March 3, 1983. Before that was March 11, 1972. That time we hit 82.

Those are impressive numbers. But just in case you think we are completely out of the winter woods…. ISU Climatologist Elwynn Taylor said there was only one spring… 1946…escaped a hard freeze after March 15th.

More records are going to fall tomorrow. Even the overnight lows will be the warmest on record.