September summer continues Wednesday

Temperatures hit 90 in western Minnesota again Tuesday. Widespread 80s return Wednesday.

Temperatures Tuesday afternoon
Temperatures Tuesday afternoon
Oklahoma Mesonet

Temperatures hit 90 degrees again today in western Minnesota — in the last week of September.

Madison hit 91 degrees. I also saw 90 at Hallock, Roseau, Thief River Falls, Wheaton and Ortonville. That’s more than 20 degrees warmer than average for western Minnesota on Sept. 28.

The Twin Cities tipped out at 81 degrees. That’s average — for June 23.

Wednesday brings another day that will feel more July than almost October. Highs in the 80s will be widespread across Minnesota Wednesday afternoon.

Forecast high temperatures Wednesday
Forecast high temperatures Wednesday

Temperatures cool slightly Thursday, but will still run about 15 degrees warmer than average across Minnesota for the last day of September.

Spotty rain chances

A weak low-pressure system lingers around Minnesota Thursday into Saturday. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will pop up. Rainfall coverage looks spotty.

NOAA’s GFS model paints scattered rain areas Thursday and Friday.

NOAA GFS model Thursday and Friday
NOAA GFS model Thursday and Friday
NOAA via tropical tidbits

Overall rainfall totals through Saturday look to range from less than 0.5 inch to over an inch in some areas. Here’s the European model rainfall output.

European model (ECMWF) rainfall forecast
European model (ECMWF) rainfall forecast through the weekend
ECMWF via pivotal weather

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