Record high warmth will give way to chillier temps

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Here's a headline we've waited all winter for - Minneapolis hit a record 70 degrees Sunday. It's the first time on record the thermometer has reached that mark.

The weather was so nice this weekend, golf courses opened for the first rounds of the season. The St. Cloud Times reports Angushire Golf Club opened Thursday and had 150 golfers Friday and Saturday. The club expected 150 more on Sunday.

The Freehouse in Minneapolis tells KSTP it opened up the patio and added more servers, so customers could eat outside.

Other cities hit record-setting temperatures:

Strong winds from the southwest created dangerous fire conditions, though, and a red flag warning was in effect for southern Minnesota.

Temperatures will drop closer to average this week – just in time for St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday.

The Twin Cities and southern Minnesota will see temperatures in the mid-40s to 50s this week, while the northland will be slightly cooler, in the high 30s to mid-40s, according to the National Weather Service.

A cold rain is possible in the Twin Cities Thursday and again on Sunday, meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on his Star Tribune weather blog.

The average temperature for this time of year in the Twin Cities is in the low 40s, Weather Underground says.

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