Canadian cooldown Saturday; warm Sunday

Saturday morning began cooler than normal for late September, thanks to that Canadian breeze behind Friday’s cold front. Temperatures fell into the 30s under clear skies across parts of central to southern Minnesota, including Hinckley, Faribault, Owatonna, Waseca, Rochester, Austin, Jackson and Pipestone. The Twin Cities low temperature up to 7 a.m. has been 44 degrees and is the chilliest we have been so far this season.

We will continue to be a bit on the cool side for Saturday’s daytime hours, but quite pleasant nonetheless. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies and afternoon high temperatures from the low 60s in the north to the low 70s in the southwest around Windom and Luverne. The Twin Cities area should have highs in the mid to upper 60s with a breezy west wind of 12 to 22 mph.

A few scattered light showers are possible across the Arrowhead late Saturday or Saturday night.

Warmer Sunday

Temperatures will warm nicely on Sunday, courtesy of a balmy southwesterly flow.  Expect high temperatures in the upper 60s in the northeast around Ely, 70s for most of Minnesota and low 80s in the southwest. The Twin Cities should warm to about 77.

Weather outlook for the Twin Cities area
Weather outlook for the Twin Cities area
Twin Cities National Weather Service

Continued warm and dry through midweek

Temperatures will remain summerlike from Monday through midweek. Wednesday looks like it might be the warmest day of the upcoming week. Temperatures should cool slightly after Wednesday, but all of next week looks to be warmer than normal as we head into early October.

6-10 day temperature outlook for September 30 to October 4
6-10 day temperature outlook for September 30 to October 4
NOAA Climate Prediction Center

Chances of rain later next week

Weak atmospheric ripples will bring us periodic chances of spotty rain from Thursday into next weekend, but major rainfall appears to be unlikely.

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