Temps will be mild this afternoon across much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Our average Twin Cities high temp is 59 degrees this time of year. Metro area highs will reach the low to mid 60s this afternoon. Sunday highs reach the 60s in roughly the southern half of Minnesota plus portions of western Wisconsin. It’ll be much colder to the northwest, with highs in the 40s in northwestern Minnesota and parts of north-central Minnesota.
Wind gusts of 25 mph are possible in the Twin Cities Sunday afternoon and early Sunday evening, with gusts over 30 mph in northwestern and west-central Minnesota.
Low relative-humidity levels will combine with the gusty winds to elevate the danger of wildfire spread Sunday afternoon:
Outdoor burning is not recommended this afternoon or this evening.
Northwestern Minnesota has seen areas of showers this morning. The showers are expected to spread to the east and southeast Sunday afternoon and evening. Parts of northern Minnesota could see some flakes mixed with the rain showers at times. The shower chance in the Twin Cities metro area arrives mid-to-late Sunday afternoon and lingers into Sunday evening.
Chilly breezes Monday
Monday highs will be in the 40s in many areas, with 30s in northern Minnesota:
Monday wind gusts of 20-26 mph are expected, with a few higher gusts in southwestern Minnesota:
Plotted gusts are in knots, with 19 knots equal to almost 22 mph.
Most areas will see a lot of cloud cover on Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential cloud cover Monday and Monday evening:
Northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin may even see a few flakes.
Chilly temps linger into Wednesday. Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to be in the mid 40s Tuesday and upper 40s Wednesday. Our highs rebound to around 60 degrees for Thursday and Friday.
April 18 weather extremes
Twin Cities weather records show that our record high for April 18 is 89 degrees, set in 1985. Our coldest Twin Cities high temp on this date was 31 degrees, in 1953. Our record April 18 low temp of 21 degrees was also set in 1953. We all know that it can still snow beyond mid-April….MSP airport recorded 6.4 inches of snow on this date in 2013.
You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
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