Record highs? It might get into the upper 80s this weekend



Yes it's nearly two weeks into October but serious question: Is your air conditioner still in your window?

You might end up thinking about it this weekend.

Friday will be on the cool side for most of Minnesota, but it'll give way to a blast of hot air that'll bring highs in the 80s to much of the state. Just about every region is looking at a chance at a possible record high.

Here's the lowdown, broken down by region.

Twin Cities

It'll be a bit cloudy with a high of about 60 in the Twin Cities area, according to the National Weather Service, with a light breeze throughout the day.

On Saturday, expect day one of "plenty of sun and much warmer temperatures," the weather service writes. It'll be sunny, a bit breezy later in the day, with a high in the mid-70s.

Sunday is the scorcher – the forecast high is in the lower- to mid-80s for the area, which could push the Twin Cities' Oct. 11 record of 84 degrees, Paul Huttner writes on MPR's Updraft blog.

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Iron Range/Duluth

Things will top out in the mid-50s or so for the Duluth area and through the Iron Range, the National Weather Service writes, cloudy in the morning giving way to more clouds this afternoon after a brief break.

Saturday it'll be breezy (winds 10-15 mph, gusting up to 30 mph) but with high temps in the upper 60s.

On Sunday, temps could push into the upper 70s, possibly touching 80 in some spots. It should be sunny outside of some fog in the early morning. There's also an outside chance of showers late Sunday/early Monday.

"Enjoy the warmth while it lasts - back to seasonable temperatures for the beginning of the work week," the weather service says.

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Southwest Minnesota

Friday will be "normal" essentially for the southwest corner of Minnesota, the National Weather Service says – that means a high of 64 degrees, with clouds lessening throughout the day.

Saturday will be beautiful, a high of 78 and low in the low 50s or so. It'll be sunny, but wind gusts could hit 30 mph.

And 90 degrees is within spitting distance Sunday. The high is projected to be about 88, although things could be a little higher or lower.

"These readings would be 20 degrees above the normal highs for this time of the year," the National Weather Service says.

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Rochester/Southeast Minnesota

This weekend will be pleasant with a hint of fall. Friday things will top out at around 60 degrees before falling into the mid-40s overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday, things will spring up to the upper 60s, with southwest winds in the afternoon reaching 13-18 mph.

Expect low 80s or so for the high on Sunday; it will be sunny in the morning, then become a bit windier as the day goes on.

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Northwest Minnesota

After some dense fog in much of the area Friday morning, things will settle with highs in the upper 50s or low 60s.

The start of the weekend will be greeted with a "very warm airmass," as the National Weather Service puts it, pushing those high temps into the mid- to upper 70s (possibly even low 80s).

On Sunday, record highs are "very possible" in the Fargo area, as temps could shoot all the way up to the mid-80s, according to the service. That'll give way to possible showers Sunday night, and windy, cooler weather Monday.

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