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Weather records shattered as temperatures in the Northland reach the 70s

The sunrise over Lake Superior as seen from Park Point in Duluth. (News Tribune file / Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com)2 / 2

Warm-weather records are being crushed in the Northland today as temperatures away from Lake Superior have reached into the 70s.

The Duluth airport reached 75 degrees today, shattering the previous record for the date of 61 degrees, set in 1968.

In International Falls, the high temperature was 77 degrees - 22 degrees above the previous record of 55 degrees, set in 1968. According to National Weather Service data, that's is the highest temperature ever recorded in International Falls in March; the previous record high for the month was 73 degrees, set on March 31, 1963.

This will be the fifth day in a row of record daily high temperatures in International Falls, and seventh day in the past eight.

Close to the frigid waters of Lake Superior, it's a lot cooler. Sky Harbor Airport on Park Point in Duluth reported a temperature of just 43 degrees at 4 p.m. - more than 30 degrees cooler than at the international airport atop the hill.

Other temperatures around the region at 3 p.m. included 77 at Moose Lake, 79 in Orr, 73 at Ely, 72 in Hibbing, 77 in Ashland and 78 in the Twin Cities.

Low temperatures in Duluth tonight are forecast to fall only into the 50s, with highs Sunday forecast to reach the 60s along the lakeshore, and 70s inland.

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