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Grab your jacket – there's a nip in the air this morning

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It's the last day of September and it sure feels like it.

As the page on the calendar turns, so does the weather. Over the weekend we saw temperatures in the 80s (meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News Updraft blog that we finally got "The perfect July weekend, in late September"). But this week an active weather pattern is bringing cooler, October-like temperatures to Minnesota.

And that was evident Tuesday morning.

Morning lows Tuesday were in the 40s for most of the state. For the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota, clouds are expected to break up in the morning, making way for afternoon sun, KARE 11 says. Highs Tuesday will likely reach the lower 60s – which is much closer to the average of 66 degrees than Saturday's 83 and Sunday's 82.

It'll be slightly cooler in northern Minnesota with temperatures in the 50s, the National Weather Service says.

Clouds will increase overnight, bringing scattered showers into Wednesday morning for much of the state.

More showers are possible over the next week as temperatures dip, with the coldest air coming Friday and into the weekend, the National Weather Service says. Total rainfall this week will likely only reach a quarter- to a half-inch.

Temperatures will be in the 60s for most of the week, but this weekend temperatures drop into the 40s and 50s. Meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog that Friday will feel like early November with temperatures in the 40s – "raw and windy with showers for evening football games. Take a heavy jacket."

Lows Friday night will dip into the 30s (see map below).

The coolest morning of the forecast appears to be Saturday with actual temperatures likely dipping into the lower 40s, but a brisk northwest wind should push wind chills into the lower 30s – nothing we hardy Minnesotan can’t handle, but certainly attention-getting.

It'll warm up slightly Sunday as temperatures creep back into the 60s for the Twin Cities Marathon.

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