Warm fall temperatures persist; Nothing spooky in the Halloween forecast

Our route with above-average warm autumn temperatures will continue for a few more days.

Our average high in Twin Cities this time of year is 51 degrees. In some places in the metropolitan area, highs were recorded on Sunday afternoon in the mid-1960s. Highs in the 1960s are expected around southern half of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Much of northern Minnesota will have Sunday highs in the 50’s.

halloween weather

Halloween highs reach the 60s in most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin:

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Highs forecast for Monday

National Weather Service

Some spots in Southwest Minnesota will peak in the low 70’s.

Wind gusts Monday afternoon are highest in northwest Minnesota, where they can reach 20 miles per hour at times:

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Monday 1 p.m. announced gusts of wind

National Weather Service

Forecast wind gusts are in knots, with 17 knots equaling 19.6 mph.

During Monday night’s trick-or-treat period, temperatures in the Twin Cities metro area will range in the mid to high 50s. Temps during this time will be in the 50s in most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, with around 40s in the extreme north of Minnesota.

Halloween is still looking dry in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows rain staying far to the southeast Monday and Monday evening:

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Simulated radar from Monday 6am to Monday 10pm

NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

We have updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News Network and the MPR News live weather blog.

temperature trends

Highs in the Twin Cities metro area are expected to hit the upper 60s on Tuesday, then around 70 on Wednesday, followed by the mid 60s on Thursday. Cooler temperatures are coming Friday with highs in the mid 50’s.

drought persists

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report shows extreme drought conditions (shaded red) in western Ramsey County and northwest Dakota County through much of Hennepin County and southwestern Metro, and in Sibley County and parts of the Lyon and Redwood Counties in Southwest Minnesota:

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This week’s drought report for Minnesota

US Drought Monitor/USDA/NOAA/University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Severe drought blankets the rest of the Twin Cities metropolitan area and much of southwest Minnesota.

The official Twin Cities precipitation total (precipitation plus water content of the smaller snowfall on October 14) is only 24-hundredths of an inch (0.24 inches) this October.

That’s 2.21 inches below normal for this point in October. Rainfall in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is 4.99 inches below normal as of September 1 and 9.96 inches below normal as of January 1.

There may be showers in the subway area on Thursday afternoon and evening and on Friday.

programming note

You can hear my live weather updates Saturday and Sunday at 7:35am, 9:35am and 4:39pm on MPR News.

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