Minnesotans were out and about enjoying the unusually warm spring temperatures Tuesday, which also allowed us to say goodbye to most of the snow cover.
Several cities set new record highs Tuesday, including Minneapolis, which hit 66 degrees. That ties the record that was set on this date in 2012, according to the National Weather Service.
The last time Minneapolis saw temperatures in the 60s was Oct. 27, AccuWeather reports. We are well above average for this time of year, which is about 38 degrees.
Other cities also set record highs, including:
- Duluth: 58 degrees (old record was 54 in 1990)
- Mankato: 66 degrees (old record 64 in 2012)
- St. Cloud: 61 degees (old record 54 in 1977 and 2012)
Temperatures started warming up over the weekend and many cities saw their first 50-degree day of 2015 on Monday.
The Fargo-Moorhead area set a record on Monday with a high of 58 degrees, breaking the old record of 55 set in 1902, Forum News reports.
70 degrees possible Thursday
This pattern of unseasonably mild temperatures will continue this week, the National Weather Service says.
Some cities in southwestern Minnesota may even get their first 70-degree day Thursday (see map at left).
A brief cool down is expected Saturday as temperatures drop to around 50 degrees in the Twin Cities, but they'll jump back up to the 60s Sunday.
Next week is expected to be cooler – temperatures will fall back to near normal. The dry weather pattern will also continue, the weather service says.