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December heatwave: Records could tumble as temps head into 50s

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After the snow last week you could be forgiven that thinking the winter weather had truly arrived in Minnesota – but it hasn't if this weekend is anything to go by.

Minnesota is set to stay unseasonably warm this weekend thanks to the Pacific El Niño phenomenon that according to Accuweather is keeping Arctic air from reaching the region.

High temperatures are expected to hover in the low to mid-40s this weekend and are expected to stay that way into midweek, with no rain or snow expected either in the coming days.

The National Weather Service says that temperatures in the 50s could even be possible in the south of the state and the Twin Cities come Wednesday, which could mean some records are broken.

According to FOX 9, the state's currently being affected by what is called "split flow," as the polar jet stream is staying on the Canadian side of the border, while the sub-tropical jet stream sits south, leading to a quiet, mild weather pattern.

There's time for this to change of course, but it's nonetheless a far cry from what we're used to in Minnesota this time of year.

According to Intellicast, Minnesota has an average high temperature of 26 in December and an average low of 11. The highest temperature measured in December was a balmy 68 in 1998.

There are chances for daily records to be broken this week, with the record temperature recorded on Dec. 8-10 being 50, 58 and 54 respectively.

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