Only in Minnesota can a person wake up the morning of October 1 to chilly temperatures in the 40s and then 48 hours later be sweating it out with the rest of society as temps soar into the 80s with tropical humidity.
That's what's in store for Minnesota this week, with Wednesday being the warmest day of the week with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. There will also be tropical humidity with dewpoints rising into the upper 60s, providing the fuel for another late-season round of strong to severe thunderstorms.
We'll have more on the severe storm chances as the system gets closer, but current thinking from the National Weather Service is that southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin stand the best chance to be on the receiving end of the severe stuff, including isolated tornadoes.
Tornadoes in October? It happens, albeit rarely. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there have been 28 October tornadoes in Minnesota since 1850.
Meanwhile, it's shaping up to be a cloudy, cool, rainy Monday followed by a decent Tuesday with temps around 60 in the southern half of the state. Storms on Wednesday, heavy rain – mainly in southern/southeast Minnesota – on Thursday, and more rain chances on Friday.
The heaviest rain Monday will fall in southeast Minnesota, where up to an inch of rain is possible.