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Hot weather in St. Louis

Kevin Korleski, 4, from Rockwell City, Iowa, plays in the water at Kiener Plaza on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Saturday the temperature in St. Louis reached 108 degrees, breaking a record for heat. Photo by David Carson,

Nelly’s lyrics, “so hot in here,” are an understatement: St. Louis broke the record for the date Saturday with a high of 108 degrees.

The city set its new record for July 22 about 3:50 p.m. at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, according to Lewis Kanofsky, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The previous record of 107 degrees was set on July 22, 1901.

A cold front was expected to push through the area Saturday night, with temperatures dropping to the upper 70s to 80 degrees.

Sunday was expected to be in the upper 90s, and Sunday night in the low 70s.

“We will have a cold front coming through,” Kanofsky said. “We should see cooler temperatures on Monday.”

Monday is expected to be in the lower 90s, he said.

“It should be a bit cooler than what we have seen in the last few days,” he said.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct day.

Denise Hollinshed is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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