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With the mercury near 80 degrees by noon Thursday, 200 adults and kids had already gone through the gate at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center in Willmar during the first 45 minutes, staff said. On Wednesday, also a day of ideal weather, 491 used the facility between noon and 7 p.m. The high attendance for the summer was 512 on July 5, one more than the June 20th total. Next week is likely to tell a different story with a cooler forecast. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Central U.S. to see cold snap next week

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The central United States will see temperatures well below normal next week as a low-pressure system pulls in colder Canadian air, the National Weather Service said on Thursday.

Temperatures could fall up to 20 degrees below normal by Wednesday in Kansas and Oklahoma, states that are more used to heat waves in the middle of July than cold snaps, said Dan Petersen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

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