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Hailey Swan, the 2018 Iowa State Fair Queen, celebrates her win. A new queen will be crowned Aug. 10. Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Fair.

DES MOINES — For all the talk about how hot weather and the Iowa State Fair go hand-in-hand, only one year saw the thermometer hit triple digits during the event.

Forecasters don’t expect it to happen this year, either.

It’s frequently hot, of course. The National Weather Service said the fair, which begins later this week, sees two days at 90 degrees or higher on average. But so far 1983 is the only year in which temperatures peaked above 100, including the all-time record of 108 degrees.

The listing of notable weather records from the fair was part of the latest “Weather Whisper” newsletter from the NWS Des Moines office. Unsurprisingly, the 1983 fair easily holds the record for hottest average temperature.

You have to go back almost 100 years from that fair to find the coolest one on record. Fairgoers in 1885 enjoyed an average temperature of 57.1 degrees. The coldest single day, though, belongs to 1949, when temperatures dipped to 38 degrees.

The records probably won’t be threatened this year, according to forecasters. Seasonal temperatures and little rain are in the outlook.

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