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2012 3rd hottest summer in Twin Cities history

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So far, 2012 has been a year of weather extremes. It started with a lack of snow that was followed by too much rain and then a drought. Yet, one thing has been consistent -- the heat.

Even though kids are back in school now, that doesn't mean summer is over. Temperatures topped 90 in the first days of September, and if there's anyone who knows a thing or two about high heat, it's roofer Duane Torgerson.

"We tore off shingles, built the roof up 3.5 inches," Torgerson, of Les Jones Roofing, explained. "Lots of water -- and you get used to it after awhile. I mean, it's hot -- for sure."

While Torgerson may have an office with a view, he also has one of the toughest jobs to do in the blistering sun.

So far this summer, there have been 30 days with temperatures in the 90s, making 2012 the third hottest summer in the Twin Cities.

"We have not seen that many days of 90 degrees or higher in 24 years," confirmed FOX 9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard.

In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1933 to find the second-hottest summer, but year to date, 2012 has been the hottest year in recorded history.

Not everyone is complaining about the warmer weather, though. Tina Cho is the head coach of Twin Cities Youth Rowing, and she says even though it's been hot, the warm water means more safety for her fall teams that practice into November.

"Warm weather is very much our friend," she said. "One of the difficulties with rowing in the upper Midwest is that we give up about four months of water time."

While ice fisherman and snowmobiles definitely had a shortened -- even non-existent -- season, sidewalk cafes were able to open nearly a month early and enjoy one of the longest summers in recent memory.

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