Havana, North Dakota, beats Havana, Cuba, on the hot weather maps

It wasn't that many weeks ago many claimed the unfortunate bragging rights to a late snowstorm that dropped a couple feet of snow in some parts of North Dakota. Now, heat is once again putting us on the map.

A concrete crew works on a road near the Moorhead Center Mall on Monday, June 20.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. — Temperatures here day and night beat out some traditional hot spots. Next to the Moorhead Center Mall, WDAY News caught up with a construction crew that was ready for a second day of blast-furnace heat.

"We are drinking lots of water and working from 6 a.m. 'til 8 p.m.," said a construction worker at a project near Moorhead Center Mall on Monday, June 20.

When the city hit 101 degrees this weekend, the metro beat out hot spots like Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; and and Miami, Florida. As of Monday, parts of North Dakota and western Minnesota were still in the running for hottest nationwide.

"It was not the dry heat that Phoenix got. Phoenix had dew points in the 20s and 30s in the afternoon. Our dew points were in the 60s and close to 70, that is when you feel sticky and clammy," said WDAY Stormtracker Meteorologist Jesse Ritka.

On Monday morning, even the low temperatures were high. In Havana, North Dakota, families woke up to 78-degree temperatures. Havana, Cuba wasn't even that hot. Neither was Istanbul, Turkey.


"So, the month of June, we have only three times in recorded Fargo history where the temperature is above 75 degrees to start out the day. That was in 1996, 2001 and 2011, and now this morning," Ritka said.

To think just two months ago, the area was digging out from a brutal spring snowstorm. One thing that remains predictable: the weather here is never boring.

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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