The thermometer at the Duluth International Airport topped the 90-degree mark Thursday for the first time in nearly two years.

The National Weather Service reported a high temperature of 93 degrees atop the hill, easily breaking the daily record of 90 degrees set in 1937. Earlier in the afternoon, the city crossed the 90-degree mark for the first time since Aug. 11, 2018.

As Fourth of July weekend got underway, NWS was also reporting temperatures of 91 in Superior and Cloquet — even warmer than the 89 degrees reported in the Twin Cities.

The heat comes after the third-driest June in the city's history, with just of 0.69 inches of precipitation recorded. The month's average temperature of 64.2 degrees was also tied for third-warmest. Only 1910 and 1955 were hotter and drier, according to the Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s on Friday and Saturday, with some rain possible Sunday and next week.

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This story was updated at 6:44 p.m. July 2 to include a high temperature for the day in Duluth and note it as a daily record. It was originally posted at 3:55 p.m. July 2.

Ali Pehling, 8, left, of Duluth, and her sister, Maddie, 11, have a handstand contest as they enjoy Lake Superior on Thursday afternoon. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Ali Pehling, 8, left, of Duluth, and her sister, Maddie, 11, have a handstand contest as they enjoy Lake Superior on Thursday afternoon. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)