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State ends coldest summer in more than a century

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Wisconsin is about to end its seventh coldest summer in the last 115 years. That's according to the National Climatic Data Center.

Madison and some other cities had their coldest Julys ever with average temperatures of around 66 degrees.

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It's also been one of the driest summers.

Assistant state climatologist Edward Hopkins said only 20 summers have been drier since 1895, and the southwest was the only part of the state with above-average precipitation.

Hardly anybody has gotten wet this month, unless it's in the shower or the swimming pool. La Crosse and Wausau are among the cities that broke records for the longest start to a September without measurable precipitation.

It's been dry for weeks in virtually all of the Badger State.

And there's no mention of rain in the forecast until Sunday night, when showers are possible in the southern half of Wisconsin.

Fall officially begins next Tuesday.

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