Summer weather shaping up
After a rainy start, summer started shaping up at its peak in July.
The weather for the most part has been conducive to plans to spend nights outside with bonfires and music and days hiking Barn Bluff or floating down the Cannon River.
Many people choose to cool off tubing or canoeing down the river from Welch Mill, where business has been improving with the weather, employee Brianna Kelly said.
"When it's warm people want to be in the water," Kelly said. "If it's not sunny when people wake up, they kind of plan around a gloomy day."
But Cannon and Mississippi river levels often are more of a concern for Welch Mill than temperatures or clouds, Kelly said.
"When the water's too high, we have to close," she said. Higher waters can be dangerous, especially for tubers.
One of the hotter weeks this summer that normally would have drawn in a lot of business came when the river was too high, Kelly said.
Mississippi River levels were measured at the highest so far around the end of June and through the first few days of July, but began dropping around July 8 and have steadily gone down.
The temperatures have been more cooperative for summer activities as well.
A brief relapse into spring came around July 27, where the high reached just 61 degrees and winds gusted up to 38 mph. It was bookended by days with highs of 71 degrees.
But otherwise temperatures in July were consistently in the 80s to low 90s throughout the month. The average high in Minnesota for July is 84 degrees.
Red Wing hit at least seven days above 90 degrees and averaged about 83 degrees. The temperatures never dropped below 51 degrees throughout July in the area.
The good weather is expected to continue with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s predicted for the next few days.
It's almost enough to keep everyone's minds off the back-to-school supplies piling up in local stores.
July by the numbers
High: 94 degrees on July 17 and 18
Low: 51 degrees on July 28 and 29
Average daily high: 83.19 degrees
Average daily low: 63.06 degrees
Precipitation: 2.2 inches of rain
Sources: U.S. Lock & Dam No. 3, Red Wing Waste Water Treatment Plant