Minnesota's 5-month summer? Records for lingering warmth this year

Monday was the latest 79 degree temperature in 18 years in the Twin Cities

Temperatures Monday afternoon
Temperatures Monday afternoon.
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It feels like an endless summer in Minnesota this year.

On May 15, the Twin Cities had a high temperature of 75 degrees. Since then we’ve recorded just 10 days with highs below 70 degrees in the Twin Cities. That’s basically five months of what feels like summer in the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota.

Minnesota rides yet another summery air mass Monday and Tuesday this week. Temperatures Monday afternoon reached nearly 80 degrees near the Canadian border. You can see the plume of 70s running all the way north through the Upper Midwest on Monday’s temperature map above.

Our October warmth is setting some records across Minnesota. Here are some data points that tell us this is turning out to be one of the longest duration warm seasons for Minnesota on record.

  • Hottest meteorological summer on record for the Twin Cities, Duluth and Brainerd.

  • October running about 9 degrees warmer than average so far

  • 12 of 18 days in October in the 70s in the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota.

  • Latest 40-degree temperature on record at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Oct. 16.

  • Latest 79 degree high in 18 years on Monday at MSP Airport.

  • October is the seventh straight month with above-average temperatures in Minnesota.

Get ready for one more day of 70s in the southeast half of Minnesota Tuesday before cooler weather arrives this week.

Forecast high temperatures Tuesday
Forecast high temperatures Tuesday

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