Present Climate Conditions


July 4th Climatology

July 4th High/Low Temperatures (F) and Precipitation (in)
July 4th temperatures and precipitation in the Twin Cities.

 

Looking back at records dating to 1873 for the Twin Cities, the average high and average low temperatures for Independence Day are 83 degrees F and average low of 64 F, respectively. 2012 came in as the warmest July 4th on record, at 101 degrees, during an extremely warm early July. 1967 recorded the lowest high temperature, at 58 degrees, which was the last time the high temperature has stayed below 70 degrees.

Although recent July 4ths tend to have been warm and mostly dry, University of Minnesota Extension Climatologist, Mark Seeley mentioned in 2013 that the 4th is the rainiest holiday in Minnesota, historically. The heaviest rainfall occurred in 1900, a year that saw 2.27 inches of rain over Independence Day. The most recent washout occurred in 1995, the Twin Cities reported 0.24 inches from 6:00-8:00 PM, with a brief shower at noon. This has been the lone rain event to disrupt July 4th events in the Twin Cities for the past 50 years. Furthermore, in the Twin Cities area, 79% of years dating back to 1871 have seen less than a 0.10" of rainfall on July 4th.

There has been no measurable snow on July 4 in the Twin Cities, or anywhere else in the state.

Use this NOAA site to find the historical chances of rain on the 4th of July anywhere in the US.

Also, please see the National Weather Service Office-Chanhassen's web feature about Independence Day weather.

Year by Year Climatology for Independence Day in the Twin Cities: 1871-2017

Year		Max	Min 	Precip	 
1871-07-04	M	M	0.07	 
1872-07-04	M	M	0.02 
1873-07-04	82	60	0.62 
1874-07-04	94	71	0.00 
1875-07-04	73	60	0.00 
1876-07-04	84	61	0.11 
1877-07-04	85	64	0.06 
1878-07-04	85	60	0.00 
1879-07-04	87	60	0.00 
1880-07-04	87	64	0.00	  
1881-07-04	91	65	0.00	  
1882-07-04	82	53	0.00 
1883-07-04	82	64	0.03 
1884-07-04	80	60	0.28 
1885-07-04	87	65	0.03 
1886-07-04	88	66	0.16 
1887-07-04	75	60	0.05 
1888-07-04	81	55	0.01 
1889-07-04	77	52	0.00 
1890-07-04	75	51	0.00 
1891-07-04	75	56	0.00 
1892-07-04	77	57	0.00 
1893-07-04	86	67	0.03 
1894-07-04	78	56	0.00 
1895-07-04	86	63	0.00 
1896-07-04	76	67	T	 
1897-07-04	87	66	0.72 
1898-07-04	84	62	0.00 
1899-07-04	81	62	0.00
1900-07-04	91	65	2.27
1901-07-04	84	63	0.47
1902-07-04	83	65	1.38 
1903-07-04	70	58	0.20 
1904-07-04	78	58	0.12 
1905-07-04	68	62	0.05 
1906-07-04	78	61	T 
1907-07-04	86	66	0.16 
1908-07-04	79	61	0.00 
1909-07-04	64	58	0.10 
1910-07-04	83	55	0.00 
1911-07-04	95	66	0.52 
1912-07-04	85	67	0.64 
1913-07-04	85	65	1.50 
1914-07-04	90	66	0.00 
1915-07-04	62	50	0.17 
1916-07-04	80	66	T 
1917-07-04	75	53	0.46 
1918-07-04	81	65	0.15 
1919-07-04	80	66	0.24 
1920-07-04	78	61	0.33 
1921-07-04	84	65	0.00 
1922-07-04	81	56	0.00 
1923-07-04	85	66	0.08 
1924-07-04	80	57	0.00 
1925-07-04	79	61	0.00 
1926-07-04	81	68	0.01 
1927-07-04	73	56	0.09 
1928-07-04	85	68	0.00 
1929-07-04	82	62	0.04 
1930-07-04	82	61	0.45 
1931-07-04	80	64	0.20 
1932-07-04	71	50	T 
1933-07-04	86	64	0.00 
1934-07-04	90	68	0.02 
1935-07-04	94	77	0.01 
1936-07-04	84	64	0.00 
1937-07-04	86	66	0.00 
1938-07-04	87	67	0.85 
1939-07-04	93	65	0.00 
1940-07-04	85	59	0.00 
1941-07-04	85	56	0.00 
1942-07-04	72	56	0.00 
1943-07-04	85	66	0.00 
1944-07-04	89	69	0.00 
1945-07-04	86	58	0.01 
1946-07-04	78	61	T 
1947-07-04	81	67	0.26 
1948-07-04	91	69	0.00 
1949-07-04	100	75	0.00 
1950-07-04	74	59	0.00 
1951-07-04	74	52	0.01 
1952-07-04	90	60	0.00 
1953-07-04	89	67	0.00 
1954-07-04	82	62	0.00 
1955-07-04	90	71	T 
1956-07-04	78	62	T 
1957-07-04	75	66	0.00 
1958-07-04	74	62	0.20 
1959-07-04	84	67	0.00 
1960-07-04	73	49	0.00 
1961-07-04	72	60	0.22 
1962-07-04	71	65	0.04 
1963-07-04	82	55	0.00 
1964-07-04	80	54	0.00 
1965-07-04	88	59	0.02 
1966-07-04	88	69	0.00 
1967-07-04	58	49	0.00 
1968-07-04	82	60	0.00 
1969-07-04	87	66	0.01 
1970-07-04	78	57	0.03 
1971-07-04	84	66	T 
1972-07-04	71	43	0.00 
1973-07-04	83	59	0.00 
1974-07-04	83	62	0.00 
1975-07-04	86	70	0.04 
1976-07-04	88	60	0.00 
1977-07-04	92	75	0.01 
1978-07-04	79	64	0.00 
1979-07-04	80	61	0.00 
1980-07-04	90	62	T 
1981-07-04	85	64	0.00 
1982-07-04	99	64	0.00 
1983-07-04	75	59	0.03 
1984-07-04	84	64	T 
1985-07-04	82	63	0.02 
1986-07-04	89	68	T 
1987-07-04	83	62	0.00 
1988-07-04	95	67	0.00 
1989-07-04	95	67	0.00 
1990-07-04	84	67	0.03 
1991-07-04	78	62	0.10 
1992-07-04	71	53	0.00 
1993-07-04	85	68	0.26 
1994-07-04	86	67	0.04 
1995-07-04	76	68	0.24 (fireworks washout) 
1996-07-04	87	61	0.00 
1997-07-04	73	52	0.07 
1998-07-04	77	60	0.00 
1999-07-04	93	80	0.00 
2000-07-04	80	69	0.00 
2001-07-04	79	63	0.00 
2002-07-04	85	63	0.00 
2003-07-04	85	67	0.05 
2004-07-04	82	65	0.00 
2005-07-04	82	64	0.00 
2006-07-04	79	63	0.00			  
2007-07-04	90	67	T 
2008-07-04	83	60	0.00				  
2009-07-04	78	63	0.15				  
2010-07-04	85	73	0.10		 
2011-07-04	90	68	0.00				  
2012-07-04	101	81	T	 
2013-07-04 	90	66	0.00	
2014-07-04	78 	60	0.00
2015-07-04	85	65	0.00
2016-07-04	80	61	0.00
2017-07-04	86	67	0.00

 

Last modified: July 5, 2017 (originally produced by John McCarty, Climatology Volunteer)

 

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