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Flirting with 70 degrees Thursday, more 'fall-like' Friday

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Not too shabby for mid-October Thursday as temperatures rise to near 70 degrees in the Twin Cities. Many areas along and south of the Minnesota River valley will likely see highs in the lower 70s Thursday afternoon.

In case you're wondering, the average high is 58 degrees for this time of year, so we'll be running a solid 10 to 12 degrees above normal, but nowhere near the record of 86 degrees.

Meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog that Thursday may be one of the best days to enjoy the fall colors. The state Department of Natural resources says the leaves are at or near their peak in the Twin Cities and much of central and southern Minnesota.

More "fall-like" Friday

An October cold front will sweep through the area late Thursday night. Look for much cooler temperatures and brisk winds Friday (see map at left).

We'll shave off nearly 15 degrees from Thursday as highs are forecast to limp into the middle 50s Friday afternoon.

Again, gusty northwest winds are expected with a few showers possible along and north of Interstate 94.

Another nice weekend

Once again, our lucky-streak of beautiful weekends continues.

Skies appear to clear out by midday Saturday leaving us with fair amounts of sunshine over the weekend. Temperatures remain seasonal for this time of year, mainly middle to upper 50s.

Meteorologist Paul Huttner on the MPR News Updraft blog says Thursday may not be our last bout of 70-degree weather before next spring – "another shot of mild air surges north next week. More 60s, and another shot at 70 degrees look likely."

Huttner does say that, although it's early to predict, trick-or-treaters should bundle up this Halloween – the Global Forecast System is hinting at a much cooler weather pattern.

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