Get out and enjoy the weather: First 70 degree day on deck for parts of MN

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Parts of Minnesota will be getting a taste of May Thursday as temperatures could exceed 70 degrees for the first time this year.

The average first day of 70-degree weather in Minneapolis is May 17, meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog, but there's a good chance parts of the Twin Cities will reach that mars by about 4 p.m. – which would break the record high of 69 degrees for this date, set in 1990, KSTP notes.

Record high temperatures are possible for much of Minnesota Thursday, the National Weather Service says. The warm March sun, combined with an unseasonably warm and dry air mass and bare brown soil will help temperatures "race into the 60s," Huttner says.

Much of southwest Minnesota is expected to exceed 70 degrees by Thursday afternoon, while the Northland will see slightly cooler temperatures, in the 50s and mid-60s, the weather service notes.

The average high for March 12 is 39 degrees in the Twin Cities, KSTP notes, and low-30s in northern Minnesota, the weather service says.

If you're looking to get outside and enjoy the warmth, KARE 11 has a list of restaurants in the Twin Cities that have opened up their patios.

Warm weather continues

The next few days will still be unseasonably warm for this time of year, but slightly cooler than Thursday. Expect temperatures in the 50s and 60s before another warm-up Sunday, the National Weather Service says.

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