Last shot of summer breaks high temp records across Minnesota


Sunday is one last day to savor summer-like weather, as high temperatures across the region hit record territory in the 80s and lower 90s.

Breezy southwest winds ushered record warmth into Minnesota and western Wisconsin today, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures reached the upper 80s to low 90s across a big swath of Minnesota, even in northern Minnesota communities like Bemidji, Ely and Grand Marais.

Similar highs were recorded in southern and western Minnesota, according to the weather service.

St. Cloud set a new record high temperature for the day at 83 degrees. The old record was 82, recorded in 1930.

The Twin Cities set a new record high as well, when the temperature reached 85 degrees late in the afternoon. That broke the previous record high for this date, 84 degrees, which was set in 1930. The average high for this day is 61.

It's the warmest day in Minnesota since mid-September, according to KEYC meteorologist Mark Tarello.

Monday will be quite a different story with very strong northwest winds, cloudy skies, and much cooler temperatures, the weather service says – actually, it'll be much closer to average with readings in the 60s.

We just closed out the hottest September on record in Minnesota. 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 smashed the old record for the hottest September, which was 63 degrees set back in 1897. The warm weather led to the start of fall being delayed, with trees changing colors a week or two later than usual.

As for what we can expect to see this coming winter, the National Weather Service has predicted temperatures will be above normal, while precipitation will be average to below normal.

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