Cool temperatures usher in 1st day of fall; 80s possible next week?


Cool temperatures Sunday will usher in the first day of fall, but summer-like weather is expected next week.

In the wake of Saturday's thunderstorms is a cool front, dipping temperatures in the Twin Cities to the 60s. It's expected to be more cloudy than sunny with strong northwest winds and the possibility of an occasional rain shower, meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on Star Tribune's weather blog.

Temperatures are expected to rebound this week to the low to mid 70s for much of the state. KARE 11 says average for the first week of fall – which beings Monday at 9:27 p.m. – is around 60 degrees.

 Hail, wind Saturday

Severe weather rumbled across Minnesota Saturday. Storms started in northwest Minnesota and by the end of the evening the threat had moved to extreme southeast Minnesota.

Wind gusts, some which reached 60 mph, caused horizontal rain, downed trees and knocked out power for some in Minnesota. The Mankato Free Press reports the storm seemed to make it's biggest impact in Waseca – a brief surge of wind and hail caused a tent to collapse at a church's fall festival.

Warmest August on record

August 2014 was the hottest August on record globally, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This is the third warmest year on record so far globally, NOAA says, although the U.S. continues to run cool to near average.

The USA Today notes it was the hottest summer (June-August) on record globally, which puts this year on track to be the hottest year ever. Below-average summer temperatures were recorded for parts of the United States, including Minnesota and much of the Midwest.

The global temperature for the summer was 1.28 degrees above the 20th-century average of 61.5 degrees, NOAA says.

Fall foliage

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says there's color on 25 to 50 percent of many northern Minnesota trees. The map below shows the percentage of color on trees throughout the state.

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