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Temperatures to climb near 70 degrees to kick off a warmer-than-normal November

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It's a warmer-than-normal start to the month of November, with temperatures expected to climb to near 70 degrees in southern Minnesota by the middle of the week.

The average temperature in the Twin Cities this time of year is 50 degrees.

The National Weather Service says a weak ridge of high pressure will move across Minnesota Sunday, ushering in a warm front that will bring temperatures in the upper 40s to the northeast and upper 60s to the southwest.

Northern Minnesota could see some showers Sunday night as well.

The warm weather is expected to stick around through Wednesday, with highs ranging from near 70 degrees in southern Minnesota to 50s and low 60s in the northern part of the state, the weather service notes.

Winter is coming

Enjoy the warmth while it lasts. The late-September like weather won't stick around forever – meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune weather blog that "There's little doubt November will bring heavy jackets, the first accumulating snow of the winter season and mostly-frozen ground by Thanksgiving."

In fact, November averages the biggest drop in high temperature out of all the other months, FOX 9 meteorologist Steve Frazier tweeted. Minnesota drops 17 degrees – from 50 to 33 – by the end of the month, on average.

The drop in temperature will begin this week. A cooler front is expected to move into the region on Thursday, bringing showers and dropping temperatures into the 40s and 50s by next weekend, reports note.

However, Douglas notes there are no "blistering arctic attacks brewing just yet", and the National Weather Service's eight-14 day outlook is showing temperatures will be above normal.

What about the snow? From Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, Minnesota averages just over 9 inches of snow, Bo Knows Weather tweeted. But, with the strong El Niño forecast for this winter, climate history shows there's a good chance this winter will be warmer with a below-average snowfall, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says.

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