MPR’s Mark Steil looks back to the month of July in 1936, when Minnesota suffered through an oppressive heat wave. Steil interviews residents in southern Minnesota that endured the extreme temperatures.
The 1936 Heat Wave was the hottest July ever recorded in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota. A southwesterly flow of hot, dry winds set up the prolonged and record-shattering heat event. Examples of the extremes included a 108-degree high in the Twin Cities on the July 14th, and the 14 days above 100 degrees in Worthington. During a particularly intense period of heat wave between July 10-14th, around 900 Minnesotans perished.