Enjoy the warmer weather because Minnesota's May expected to be colder than normal

Might as well enjoy our big warmup while it lasts.
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Not to burst your gorgeous weekend weather bubble, but we've just come across some rather disturbing possibilities about our May temperatures.  

According to the long-range forecast offered up by the The Weather Channel, May is going to bring below average warmth to Minnesota, and June and July might do the same. 

  • May = below average temperatures
  • June = near or below average temperatures
  • July = near or below average temperatures

Who can we blame for this awful news? Apparently, the snow. 

"Of the next three months, May is forecast to feature the most robust area of colder-than-average temperatures. The cold and snowy weather pattern we've seen this April has influenced the expectation of below-average temperatures next month from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley."

The average high temp in May in southern Minnesota is between 69-72 degrees while average highs in northern parts of the state range from 69 in St. Cloud to 62 in Duluth. 

So, basically, May is going to suck while we still have a chance at near-normal warmth in June and July.


– Another blizzard is coming, just kidding - but we made you look!

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Here's a map from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center that shows expected below normal temperatures for May 5-19. As you can see, we're in the middle of a blue blob of cold air. 

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 In the meantime, who cares? It's finally getting warm outside and MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner says the warmest weather of the season will reach all the way into early May, with our first 60-degree day on Sunday and the possibility of some 70s in the days to follow.

Let's enjoy it while it lasts. 

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