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Enjoy the warmth, we're running out of 60-degree days

Highs will approach 70 on Thursday.

Take advantage of the next couple of days because they're likely among our final chances to experience what 60 degrees feels like for the next several months.

You see, there's this thing called "winter" speeding towards the Bold North and it's loaded with temperatures that often start with a minus symbol in front of the number. Seriously though, reaching 60 degrees after the 15th of October tend to fade as fast as leaves on trees this time of year. 

Here's how many 60-degree days we've had after Oct. 15 the last five years. 

  • 2017: 10 days
  • 2016: 16 days 
  • 2015: 12 days
  • 2014: 9 days
  • 2013: 0 days

It varies year-to-year, but days like Thursday and Friday, when highs will approach 70 (Thursday) and stay in the 60s (Friday) should be savored. 

And never forget 2013. The last 60-degree day recorded at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport five years ago was Oct. 13. We didn't hit 60 again until Mar. 30, 2014. That's a ridiculous stretch of 167 days (5 months and 16 days) without a high temp of 60+. 

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In the short term, we'll cool back down Saturday (high of 48) and Sunday (high of 43), with a chance of some rain and snow mixing on Saturday. 

Further down the road temps look to remain around normal for this time of year, which means we could be in for a normal Halloween, temperature-wise, when the high averages around 51 degrees. 

Last year the high temp in the Twin Cities was just 35 degrees on Halloween. 

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