Summer weather lingers into late September this year: 70s and 80s ahead

Temperatures 10 to 15 degrees warmer than average most of next week.

It’s a good news weather Friday.

Our weather pattern shifts into a warmer mode for at least the next week across Minnesota. The weather maps next week look more like August than late September.

The jet stream lifts north into Canada most of next week. That opens the door for a warmer air mass to drift north.

Upper air forecast map for 7 pm September 25
Upper air forecast map for 7 pm September 25
NOAA

Most of Minnesota will enjoy highs in the 70s for most of next week. But western and southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities should reach or exceed the 80-degree mark next Tuesday.

Forecast high temperatures Tuesday
Forecast high temperatures Tuesday
NOAA

Next Friday also looks warm, with highs in the summerlike 80s once again across the western half of Minnesota. And a hot late-season air mass with highs around 90 across the Dakotas may feed even warmer weather into Minnesota by next Saturday.

Forecast high temperatures Friday
Forecast high temperatures Friday
NOAA

Mild start to October?

The upper air patterns suggest warmer than average temperatures could linger into early October this year. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center 8 to 14-day outlook captures the trend. It’s a sea of red across the Upper Midwest into early October.

NOAA 8 to 14-day temperature outlook
NOAA 8 to 14-day temperature outlook
NOAA

We know the other (wintry) shoe will drop eventually in the next two months. I enjoy winter in Minnesota. Many resorts and other winter-sensitive businesses in Minnesota depend on our rigorous winter climate.

But given our trifecta of April blizzards the past 3 years, I am more than happy to milk the last of this summerlike warmth as long as it lasts into October this year.

One thing we know for sure in Minnesota? Winter is coming. Eventually.

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