The temperature soared to 84 degrees Monday afternoon in Madison, Minn.
That’s a new all-time state record (pending verification) according to MPR News weather and climate contributor Mark Seeley. Seeley adds in his note Monday afternoon that the relative humidity of 8 percent in Madison and Montevideo in western Minnesota is lower than Phoenix, which is at 10 percent humidity Monday afternoon.
Based on afternoon temperature reports, 84 degrees F at Madison (Lac Qui Parle County) breaks the old statewide record high for today's date (March 29) set at Gaylord in 1986 (83 degrees).....preliminary until certified by the State Climatology Office.
Also the afternoon RH readings from Montevideo and Madison of just 8 percent are lower than the reading of 10 percent at Phoenix, AZ earlier today....
Our balmy late March air mass is blowing in from the south. Check out the ribbon of warmth running from Texas all the way into the Upper Midwest Monday afternoon.
Temps crash Tuesday
Our Monday warmth is a one-hit-wonder. A sharp cold front blasts southeast across Minnesota Tuesday. Highs will hover in the 20s in far northwest Minnesota, with 30s north and 40s south.
Temperatures remain cool with highs in the 30s and 40s through Thursday. Then an even stronger warm front blows in starting Friday.
This one will boost highs into the 70s to near 80 degrees again in southern and western Minnesota this upcoming weekend.
Cooler by the (big) lake.
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