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Hello, May: Warm temps, sunshine return this week

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April showers bring ... some glorious May weather.

After a rainy few days to close out the month of April, Minnesotans can expect some milder weather.

The average high temperature this time of year for the Twin Cities is in the mid-60s, AccuWeather says, and the National Weather Service's forecast shows daytime highs will be around there or a little warmer for most of the week.

Much of Minnesota will see a warm-up this week as a high pressure system settles over the region for the second half of the week, the National Weather Service says. That means mostly dry conditions and sunny skies.

Meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog that people can expect temperatures in the 60s for most of the week, with 70s possible by Friday – and the chance for 80s by the weekend in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.

Temperatures will be slightly cooler in the northland, with highs in the 50s and 60s, the National Weather Service's website shows.

There may be a chance for a shower or two Tuesday afternoon into the evening thanks to a short-lived cold front that's sweeping through, the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities says. Gusty winds and slightly cooler weather for Wednesday will accompany the front, but dry and warmer weather redevelops for the remainder of the week.

And looking ahead to the rest of the month: The Climate Prediction Center shows slightly higher chances of above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation.

A look back at April

Minnesota was the coldest place in the United States four different times in April, Mark Seeley wrote on his Weather Talk blog.

Not only did Minnesota set some record-low temperatures for the month of April, but it also set some record highs.

And those warm temperatures in the middle of the month allowed farmers to plant their sugar beets earlier than they ever have before, Seeley says. It was also a "very early" for farmers to plant their corn.

Seeley says April "lived up to its reputation" for being the windiest month in Minnesota – the average wind speed ranged from 12-15 mph. Precipitation was also above normal for most of the state.

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