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City sets record with 48-degree low

July isn’t often a month where Hoosiers have to bundle up before they go outside, but a record low early Thursday might have changed how northeast Indiana residents would otherwise greet a sunny, summer morning.

The record low of 48 degrees was set at 5:16 a.m. and recorded at Fort Wayne International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

It breaks the previous record low of 51 degrees set in 1976. A normal low for the date is 63 degrees.

The culprit is a lower-than-usual jet stream for this time of year.

“It has dipped way down south into the Great Lakes,” said Courtney Obergfell, a meteorologist at the NWS location in North Webster.

She said such instances are uncommon but not unheard of or extreme.

The weather pattern is similar to what usually brings frigid air to the Midwest in the winter.

The pattern also helped Fort Wayne tie a record Wednesday. The city’s high of 71 degrees tied the mark for lowest maximum temperature, set on July 16, 1918.

For those who prefer a little heat with their summer, good news is on the way, according to Obergfell.

Thursday started a warming trend that should continue to today with temperatures in the 80s, where they should remain or get warmer over the next few days.

“It looks like more normal summer weather will return,” Obergfell said.

cmeyers@jg.net

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