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30s in northern Minnesota: Near-record chill ushers in picture-perfect day


It felt a little like fall Thursday morning, especially in parts of northern Minnesota which saw morning lows in the 30s.

International Falls fell 2 degrees shy of tying the all-time record low for Thursday, WDIO meteorologist Ben Derytold BringMeTheNews via Twitter. The all-time low for the city is 35 degrees, which was set in 1964, according to Weather Underground.

Dery added that the morning temperatures are "chilly, but not unprecedented" for this time of year.

It was about 37 degrees in Ely, Minnesota, Thursday morning, which was just a few degrees shy of breaking the record of 35 degrees – was set on this date last year, according to Weather Underground.

The rest of the state woke up to temperatures in the the 40s and 50s, which was still chilly for an August morning. But it wasn't close to breaking any records.

The record low for this date in Minneapolis is 37 degrees, which was set in 1997, Weather Underground says.

Picture-perfect Thursday

The cool temperatures are expected to usher in what meteorologists across the state are calling a "picture-perfect day."

Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune weather blog, "The last few days have been flawless – about as good as it gets. Ever." And that's going to continue Thursday.

High temperatures are expected to reach the 80s for much of central and southern Minnesota, and plenty of sunshine is expected throughout the state, KARE 11 says.

Temperatures will top out in the upper 60s on the North Shore, and in the 70s inland, the National Weather Service in Duluth says.

There's a chance for rain Thursday night as a storm system moves across the Rockies into the Dakotas, but dry conditions are expected for most of the state, the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities says.

Duluth and northern Minnesota could see a greater chance for light rain showers or isolated storms late Thursday into early Friday, and a second round of scattered showers and storms is expected to develop Friday afternoon, the weather service says.

A look at the forecast in northern Minnesota:

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Sticky August returns

It'll start to feel a lot more like August this weekend compared to the September-like weather we've had this week.

The dew points are expected to rise into the 60s and 70s this weekend, KARE 11 says. There's a chance for isolated or spotty storms over the weekend, but a greater chance of storms Monday and Tuesday, the news station says.

Douglas says the long-range forecast is hinting at highs near 90 degrees by the end of next week, which coincides with the start of the Minnesota State Fair.

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