Updated:
Original:

It's official: Minnesota just had its hottest September on record

Author:

Weather experts had been predicting that September would be the warmest in Minnesota on record – turns out it was even warmer than they expected.

The Minnesota DNR confirmed the average temperature across the state last month was 65.1 degrees, well above the 64 degrees that was being predicted at the end of last month.

It has smashed the record for the hottest September, which was 63 degrees set all the way back in 1897.

The statewide average was 5.8 degrees above the "normal" September temperatures seen between 1981 and 2010, and was driven higher because of "warm overnight minimum temperatures."

"The overall weather pattern for September was summer-like, with wind patterns favoring warm moist air from the south and few Canadian cold fronts," the DNR release said.

The warm weather has led to the start of fall being delayed, with trees in the north of the state only just reaching their peak colors now, with the south still playing catch-up.

Not everywhere in the state had its warmest September. The average in the Twin Cities was 67.9 degrees, the fourth warmest on record.

The National Centers for Environmental Information has produced this map of the average temperatures seen across the United States last month, which shows parts of Minnesota were warmer than areas of California and Nevada.

Next Up

Kirk Cousins

There's something different about Kirk Cousins, but what is it?

Cousins's "swag" has fueled a hot start to the season.

Cameron Dantzler

Cameron Dantzler tweets out frustration over playing time

The second-year corner has been benched while Bashaud Breeland continues to struggle.

Pizabay pizza

Chaska Papa Murphy's to temporarily close due to worker shortage

The closure is "due to a lack of employees and applicants across the company," the manager wrote.

Hailey Anderson Cumberland WI police

Authorities find body, vehicle in search for missing WI woman

Hailey Anderson was supposed to be travelling to Hibbing, but never showed up.

KAT, Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns sounds off on Wolves' constant 'instability'

Gersson Rosas' firing was the latest in a string of problem situations the Wolves have been involved with.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Duluth man arrested after police chase in stolen pickup truck

He was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in North Dakota.

pixabay tractor farm

1 killed in crash between car and tractor in western MN

First responders arrived and found the vehicle off the roadway, in a cornfield.

Stallings surveillance footage - screengrab - crop

New video, body cam footage shows police beating prone Jaleel Stallings

Stallings, who was acquitted, said he fired on the unmarked van not knowing officers were inside.

Bloomington Wentworth scene  - 2021-09-27 - J Nelson 2

Body in dumpster leads to police chase with young child in car

A 911 call said they saw someone place a body into a dumpster outside a Bloomington apartment complex.

st. paul tap - crop

SUV driver crashes into bar patio, injuring woman; man hurt in related shooting

Two men were arguing on the patio prior to the incident, witnesses said.

bicycle cyclist bike

Cyclist critically injured in hit-and-run in Plymouth

Police are seeking the public's help in locating the driver who fled.

ambulance, crash

Second person dies after head-on crash in Anoka County

The crash injured three others, including a 4-year-old boy.

Related

America just had its warmest winter on record

The spike in temperatures seen across Minnesota comes on the back of the warmest winter in U.S. history.

It's official: 2016 was the hottest year on record

It's a sign of a long-term warming trend.

It was the second hottest July on record in the Twin Cities

With an average temperature just under 90 degrees, this year's July was warmer than any other on record in the Twin Cities except for 1936. Perhaps more impressively, it was the only month on record in which the temperature reached 80 or more every day.