Have we experienced an Indian Summer?

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- We’ve had a few questions on whether or not this unseasonably warm weather qualifies as an Indian Summer. Considering we’ve experienced high temperatures in the 80s lately and for some pushing near 90 degrees one could think we have; especially with highs continuing into the low 90s for some this upcoming weekend.

So, why don’t we start off with the definition of an Indian Summer. According to the National Weather Service, an Indian Summer is a period of abnormally warm weather following a killing freeze of autumn. This typically occurs in mid to late autumn.

While we have and will continue to experience the abnormally warm weather, we have not yet to experience the first killing freeze of the season.

The next question you might have; what qualifies as a “killing freeze”? Well, a killing freeze occurs when the overnight temperature reaches 28 degrees or colder. So, until we’ve experience a hard freeze, we won’t be able to consider the abnormal warm weather an Indian Summer.