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It's 70 degrees – the warmest March 8 on record for the Twin Cities

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The Twin Cities hit 70 degrees Tuesday afternoon – marking the warmest March 8 on record.

The record-breaking warmth is thanks to southerly winds, which brought rain, thunder and some hail to the state overnight, the National Weather Service says, and comes after the warmest winter on record in the United States.

And this should make golfers happy: as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the record-warm air melted the frost out of the ground at the National Weather Service's office in Chanhassen, the agency tweeted.

The record high temperature wasn't the only record that fell Tuesday. It was 54 degrees at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport early Tuesday, breaking the previous record-warm minimum of 47 degrees set in 1878, meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog, comparing the warm morning to that of June 1.

Temperatures Tuesday ranged from the high 60s into the 70s in southeastern and east-central Minnesota, while southwestern and northern Minnesota saw temps range from the mid-30s to mid-50s, the weather service's temperature map showed.

But get outside and enjoy it while you can – a cool front is approaching, the National Weather Service says.

High temperatures are expected to dip into the upper 30s to upper 40s across the state Wednesday, the weather service notes, which is still above average for this time of year.

Temps will warm up again Thursday, with highs in the mid-40s to lower-50s, and are expected to stick around through the weekend, the agency adds. There are a few chances of some scattered showers over the weekend as well.

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