Check out Wednesday morning's coldest temps; sun, warmth just ahead

Temperatures back above normal Thursday

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Low temperatures reported early Wednesday in northeastern Minnesota
National Weather Service

It was a chilly start with widespread areas of frost in northeast Minnesota and our first 40s in the Twin Cities. Look for sunny skies Wednesday and warmer temps Thursday.

For most, the coldest morning since May

It was the coldest morning since mid to late May for most places in eastern Minnesota. In fact, we had some of the coldest temperatures in most of southern Canada and the contiguous United States thanks to a cool Canadian high-pressure area.

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Temperatures nationwide at 7 a.m. Wednesday showed some of the coolest in Minnesota and Ontario.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Pivotal Weather

The official low at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport dipped to 47 degrees, the coolest since May 20, ending our streak of consecutive nights at or above 50 degrees. We had 116 consecutive nights at or above that threshold, a 29-percent increase from the normal 90 days.

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Low temperatures reported early Wednesday morning
National Weather Service

Of course, the coldest readings were in northeastern Minnesota with Hibbing coming in at a low early Wednesday of 27 degrees.

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Several other places, including Orr, Crane Lake, and Cook also dipped into the upper 20s. Locations that reached freezing or colder include Ely, Embarrass, International Falls, and Moose Lake.

Temperatures as far south as St. Cloud dipped to 35 degrees. Lake Elmo, east of St. Paul, reached 36 degrees.

Sunshine with a warming trend

Sunny skies will warm us up Wednesday afternoon after a chilly start. Highs will be mainly in the 60s with some 70s in southwestern Minnesota.

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Forecast highs Wednesday
National Weather Service

Wednesday night won’t be as chilly but there will still be widespread 30s in northeastern Minnesota.

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Forecast lows Wednesday night
National Weather Service

Temperatures really climb Thursday with summerlike readings returning to southern Minnesota. We’ll see highs in the 80s south to low 70s north with partly cloudy skies.

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Forecast highs Thursday
National Weather Service

Next showers chance late Thursday into Friday

A slowly moving frontal boundary will touch off some showers and thunder late in the day Thursday in far western Minnesota.

That front will slowly move across Minnesota through Thursday night into Friday bringing increased cloud cover and at least a few showers and thunderstorms.

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Forecast precipitation 11 a.m. Thursday through 1 p.m. Friday
College of DuPage weather lab

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like a widespread, soaking rainfall. Most of us will see under one-quarter inch but portions of northwestern Minnesota might see some slightly more significant rainfall.

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Forecast total potential precipitation through early Saturday
NOAA, via Pivotal Weather

We clear out for the weekend making for a very pleasant Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be in the 70s south and 60s north with plenty of sun and mainly dry conditions.

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Forecast for the Twin Cities area
National Weather Service