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With unseasonably high temperatures prevailing in the region, Helen Huang and Allen Tan shield themselves from the sun during a walk through Vilas Park in Madison on Sept. 25. Residents of China, the couple were exploring the city as part of a visit with their son, a freshman at UW-Madison. 

PHOTO BY JOHN HART — STATE JOURNAL

Madison residents who closed up the pool or packed away shorts and tank tops after Labor Day may have regretted that decision this past September.

Overall, September's temperatures were pretty normal. The average high was 76.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 52.5 degrees, both within a few degrees of the normal high and low for the month.

But a week in late September broke records with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s, a contrast to Madison’s July and August, which had no 90 degree days.

Sept. 20, 22, 23, 24 and 25 all broke the record for highest recorded temperature in Madison, with temperatures ranging from 89 to 92 degrees.

The first official day of fall, Sept. 22, soared to 91 degrees, breaking the record for that date in Madison.

That was actually good for Wisconsin farmers, as the heat pushed crops to mature.

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It rained just about half an inch total over the whole month of September in Madison, making it the eighth driest September on record. 

The month’s precipitation total, at 0.55 inches, was much lower than the normal value for the month at 3.13 inches. Last September, Madison collected 8.46 inches.

Here's the latest update to our Madison weather database: