The forecast high right now for Friday is 80 in the Twin Cities! If the Twin Cities did hit 80 on Friday, it would be one of the latest last 80s on record as only ten other years have had a later date that the last 80 occurred on. The last average 80 on record (looking over the entire Twin Cities record) occurs on September 29th. Meanwhile, it was quite a warm Halloween in 1950 as that is the date of the latest 80 on record. Last year, the last 80 was on September 18th. The last time we saw a high that was 80 or higher this year was back on September 24th when the high reached 90.August In October With A High Of 80 Today!
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After a beautiful week of weather so far, today looks to potentially be the best day of the stretch – if you don’t mind breezy weather, that is. Highs will climb into the upper 70s to around 80 later this afternoon on the back of mainly sunny skies and southerly winds that’ll gust up to 30 mph.
To put today into perspective, it’s not often that we hit 80 this late in the year. Even though the record for the day is 83 set in 1953, if we reached 80 today in the Twin Cities it would be the eleventh latest last 80 degree day on record!
Unfortunately, this nice stretch of weather comes to an end this weekend. A cold front brings showers and storms for Saturday, along with cooler conditions. A second front early next week ushers in highs that will finally be back around average for late October.
Make an effort to get out and enjoy the weather today. There's probably a good chance we won't see weather this nice again until next spring.
Minnesota Weather Outlook
It will be quite a windy day on Friday as well, however, as winds gust over 30 mph across portions of central and southern Minnesota. That will be helping to usher in some of that warmer air, however.
National Weather Outlook
Rain and snow will continue across parts of the Intermountain West on Friday as a cold front continues to drive west. Meanwhile, onshore flow will continue to bring the Pacific Northwest precipiation, along with a new system pushing in by Friday Night. A slow moving front across Florida will allow more showers and storms to soak the Sunshine State. The middle and upper Texas coasts will see some thunderstorms as moisture streams in ahead of a cold front that will move through the Midwest this weekend.
Highs on Friday will be far above average for this time of year across parts of the upper Midwest, with some areas a good 20-25 degrees above the average. With a cold front continuing to move east, parts of the western United States will see below average temperatures.
Heavy precipitation will continue across the Northwest as we watch a number of systems move through the region. Rainfall totals could top a half a foot in spots through next Tuesday morning. Heavy rain of at least 2" will also be possible across the Plains into the Southeast from this weekend into early next week.
Rainfall could quickly add up in the Northwest as we head into the weekend. The forecast has Portland, OR, picking up almost five and a half inches of rain through Sunday morning!
NOAA Winter Weather Outlook
NOAA released their winter weather outlook Thursday morning, and the forecast calls for wetter and cooler than average conditions across the northern United States, but warmer and wetter conditions for southern states. More from NOAA: "Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released the U.S. Winter Outlook today, with La Nina potentially emerging for the second year in a row as the biggest wildcard in how this year’s winter will shape up. La Nina has a 55- to 65-percent chance of developing before winter sets in."
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