By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
July 15, 2014
A summertime version of the polar vortex will continue to set record low temperatures in the Plains and Midwest this week. Cool air will also reach into the South and Appalachians.
The air will feel refreshing to some people but downright chilly and autumnlike to others.
For those attending baseball games, it will seem more like football weather.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis, “Many residents and visitors will be toting jackets and long sleeves.”
Rather than days of hazy sunshine and high humidity, typical of mid-July, many areas will experience a deep blue sky, at times, low humidity and a cool breeze.
Temperatures failed to climb past the 60s F from the eastern part of the Dakotas, through Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Monday.
Minneapolis, home of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, set a record low maximum temperature of 65 on Monday, breaking the old record of 68 set in 1884.
Nearly a dozen cities across the Plains set or tied record lows Tuesday morning including Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Dodge City, Kansas.
The polar air will continue to expand southward over the Plains, eastward across the Midwest and will touch the interior South and Appalachians.
High temperatures will range from the upper 60s to the lower 70s at midweek from Minneapolis to Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland.
During Wednesday morning, record low temperatures in the books since the 1800s will be challenged at Nashville and Oklahoma City.