Cool and Rainy Week for Eastern Iowa

Record cold highs were set across eastern Iowa this week as very fall-like weather has moved into the state.

On Tuesday, records were broken in Dubuque, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City as highs struggled to reach into the 50’s. Dubuque’s new record of 52 degrees broke the old record of 58 degrees set back in 1943. Manchester only reached 53 on Tuesday.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Lee says it’s all due to a massive storm that has blown across the central United States.

And while it is colder than usual, this is different than the first frost that will come later — so Lee says there’s no worry for plants.

But he says a warm-up is on the way – with highs reaching into the 60’s on Friday and 70’s on Saturday. However, the rain chances will linger through the rest of the week into the first half of the weekend. After the heavy rainfall last weekend, Manchester has picked up over two more inches of rain so far this week.


story contribution from Radio Iowa