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Sweaters in summer? Jackets in July?

Eva Fritz huddled under warm clothing Saturday morning at the Park rapids Farmers Market. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise0

When Hubbard County residents complain of a sudden influx of mice indoors, you know it's cold.

Mice invasions are supposed to be a fall sport.

Jackets in July? A summer of sweaters? What gives with this unseasonably cold weather?

Unfortunately, it may stick around until August, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Riddle.

"We are in an unusually cold pattern, a strong, persistent low pressure system parked over Ontario that's been around since late spring," he said.

"As energy rotates around the system, we get these reinforcing shots of cool air from Hudson Bay into Minnesota," he said.

"Next week I'm wearing my Christmas sweater," joked Eva Fritz, manager of Park Rapids Farmers Market.

Saturday, three vendors sat in Pioneer Park on Main Avenue huddled under warm clothing and blankets. No other vendors chose to brave the cold.

"I was gone over the Fourth of July," Fritz said. "Did I miss that one day of summer?"

Downtown business owner Cynthia Jones was unapologetic about showing up for work Saturday in a long-sleeved turtleneck sweater.

"Hey, I dress for the weather, not the day of the year," said the owner of Riverbend Home Expressions. "I learned that's what you do in Minnesota."

"This system is usually located much further north at this time of year, which allows warmer air to move north," Riddle said.

But that hasn't happened this summer. The system has actually blocked those warm currents coming north, except for brief bouts of seasonal weather, brought to us by westerly winds pushing the cold are east.

Riddle said it's the "lingering effects of La Nina, a cold weather pattern we had all winter."

Although weather experts are seeing the formation of an El Nino pattern, which warms the ocean waters, that warmer phenomenon won't move in until fall, Riddle said. Minnesota could be in store for an unusually mild winter, he theorized.

"In the near term, the next 10 to 14 days, the temperatures will be below average," he said. "It won't be as cold as this past week, but we'll see days only in the 70s with maybe one in the 80s."

Riddle said the current weather pattern does show signs of breaking down in August.

But "this summer will be remembered as a cold one."

In other words, keep the mouse traps handy.