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Jun 8, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

How close will the Twin Cities get to the 1936 heat wave?

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Data: Fox 9; Chart: Axios Visuals

Five days into a stretch of 90-degree heat, the Twin Cities are poised to make it into the top three longest heat waves in the area's history if the forecast holds true.

Driving the news: Highs have hit 90 or above every day since last Thursday, and forecasters expect temps in the 90s through Friday. That would put the area at nine straight days of 90-degree weather.

  • That's still short of the record in 1936, when Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recorded 14 consecutive days in the 90s.

Yes, but: The forecast calls for upper 80s Saturday through next Wednesday. A couple more degrees warmer and that's flirting with 1936.

Flashback: That heat wave 85 years ago was really something. It hit 108 on July 14, 1936, and 51 people died from the heat on that day alone, according to a Pioneer Press story.

  • "It was so oppressive that notorious criminal Alvin Karpis pleaded guilty to kidnapping St. Paul brewery president William Hamm Jr., preferring to face a possible life sentence instead of enduring a trial in the stifling federal courthouse (now Landmark Center)," the paper reported.

What's ahead: Meteorologist Paul Douglas, who warned of a hot and dry summer weeks ago, is doubling down, saying the climate models "predict excessive heat into August."

The big picture: "One of the most robust conclusions of climate studies is that as average temperatures increase, heat waves are becoming more likely and more severe not just in the Upper Midwest, but worldwide," said Axios' Andrew Freedman.

Jun 8, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Push for rent control growing in the Twin Cities

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Efforts to limit the amount landlords in the Twin Cities can increase apartment rent are heating up.

Driving the news: A coalition called Housing Equity Now Saint Paul has collected roughly 4,000 of the 5,000 signatures needed to get a rent control measure on the St. Paul ballot this November. They're hoping to have 10,000 by June 15.

  • In Minneapolis, the commission that revises the city's charter will consider on July 7 a proposed amendment that would allow the City Council to implement rent control. If approved, the issue would then go to voters in November.
Jun 7, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Record-breaking heat wave hits Minneapolis

Lake Nokomis Beach was filled with people escaping the sweltering heat on Saturday. Photo: Nick Halter/Axios

Minneapolis' sweltering heat this weekend is going to stick around for at least a week, and maybe longer.

Driving the news: Daily high temperatures set records on both Friday and Saturday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

  • A high of 99° recorded there on Saturday broke the record for June 5 by 7 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Jun 7, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Why a big developer is so bullish on downtown Minneapolis

Sherman Associates is pushing forward with this 21-story tower in downtown Minneapolis. Image: ESG Architecture & Design via city of Minneapolis

Don't tell Chris Sherman downtown is dead.

Driving the news: Sherman Associates, where Chris is president, broke ground over the past two weeks on two major mixed-use projects in downtown Minneapolis that will eventually bring 540 apartments and a total investment of $230 million to the city.

Why it matters: Apartment construction fell by 61% in Minneapolis between November and March, even as the broader Twin Cities pushed forward with new development.

  • The fact that Sherman Associates, its investors and lenders are betting $230 million on downtown says a lot about the future of a city that has been hampered by a loss of office workers, sporting events and entertainment.