Record highs on Friday; pleasant weekend

Until Friday, we hadn’t reached 50 degrees this November in the Twin Cities.

The official Twin Cities temp hit 50 just before 9 a.m. Friday, and temps continued to rise.

The official high temp was 60 degrees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport early Friday afternoon, a new Twin Cities record high for November 24th:

That’s impressive, since our average high temp is only 36 degrees this time of year!

It was nice that the record warmth happened on the day after Thanksgiving, since a lot of people had Friday off.

Daily record highs were also set Friday in St. Cloud (57 degrees) and Rochester (61 degrees).

Here are some additional Friday temps, courtesy of the National Weather Service:

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
223 PM CST Fri Nov 24 2017

…High Temperature Reports of 60 Degrees Fahrenheit or above on November 24, 2017…

Location Temp Time/Date Provider
Searles 5SE 64 F 0117 PM 11/24 CWOP
Fairmont AP 64 F 0156 PM 11/24 AWOS
St. James AP 64 F 0135 PM 11/24 AWOS
Madelia 3ENE 64 F 0140 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Waseca AP 63 F 1252 PM 11/24 AWOS
Albert Lea AP 63 F 0152 PM 11/24 AWOS
River Falls 2NNW 63 F 0140 PM 11/24 CWOP
Canby AP 63 F 1034 AM 11/24 AWOS
Madelia 63 F 0207 PM 11/24 CWOP
Lake City 2NW 63 F 0107 PM 11/24 CWOP
Easton 3SSE 63 F 0209 PM 11/24 CWOP
Springfield 1NW 63 F 0125 PM 11/24 CWOP
Faribault AP 63 F 0134 PM 11/24 AWOS
Farmington 2ESE 63 F 0129 PM 11/24 AWS
Blue Earth 2NW 63 F 0200 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Skyline 63 F 0200 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Owatonna AP 63 F 0134 PM 11/24 AWOS
Red Wing AP 63 F 1255 PM 11/24 AWOS
Carver 3S 63 F 1249 PM 11/24 RAWS
New Ulm AP 63 F 0154 PM 11/24 AWOS
Augusta 1NW 62 F 0105 PM 11/24 RAWS
Edina 1NNE 62 F 1158 AM 11/24 CWOP
New Sweden 4SSW 62 F 0110 PM 11/24 CWOP
Faribault 62 F 0142 PM 11/24 CWOP
Inver Grove Hts 2SW 62 F 0128 PM 11/24 CWOP
Mendota Hgts 2SE 62 F 0129 PM 11/24 AWS
Gordonsville 62 F 0200 PM 11/24 GOES
Twin Lakes 5SE 62 F 0200 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Morton 62 F 0100 PM 11/24 MNDOT
St. Peter 2N 62 F 0106 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Henderson 4ENE 62 F 1224 PM 11/24 MNDOT
New Prague 2W 62 F 0120 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Ellendale 5NNE 62 F 0136 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Redwood Falls AP 62 F 1253 PM 11/24 ASOS
Stanton AP 62 F 0133 PM 11/24 AWOS
Blaine AP 61 F 1245 PM 11/24 AWOS
Prior Lake 61 F 0135 PM 11/24 CWOP
Northfield 2WNW 61 F 0129 PM 11/24 CWOP
New Prague 61 F 0145 PM 11/24 CWOP
Zumbrota 61 F 1248 PM 11/24 CWOP
Madison AP 61 F 1034 AM 11/24 AWOS
Jordan 6E 61 F 0108 PM 11/24 CWOP
Morristown 61 F 0203 PM 11/24 CWOP
Eden Prairie 3ESE 61 F 0115 PM 11/24 CWOP
Savage 2WNW 61 F 0121 PM 11/24 CWOP
Prior Lake 1W 61 F 0132 PM 11/24 CWOP
Minnesota Lake 61 F 0140 PM 11/24 CWOP
Wells 3ESE 61 F 0156 PM 11/24 CWOP
Faribault 1SSW 61 F 0204 PM 11/24 AWS
Glencoe AP 61 F 0114 PM 11/24 AWOS
Hutchinson AP 61 F 1253 PM 11/24 AWOS
Mankato AP 61 F 0156 PM 11/24 AWOS
Waseca 1SSE 61 F 0200 PM 11/24 MNDOT
South St. Paul 1WSW 61 F 0131 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Le Sueur 1S 61 F 0100 PM 11/24 GPSMET
Bloomington 2E 61 F 0129 PM 11/24 AWS
Morristown 61 F 0130 PM 11/24 GOES
Olivia AP 61 F 1233 PM 11/24 AWOS
South St. Paul AP 61 F 0133 PM 11/24 AWOS
Shakopee 1NW 60 F 0142 PM 11/24 CWOP
Apple Valley 2WSW 60 F 0125 PM 11/24 AWS
Cottage Grove 1ESE 60 F 0149 PM 11/24 CWOP
Eau Claire 60 F 0213 PM 11/24 CWOP
Prior Lake 2WSW 60 F 1258 PM 11/24 CWOP
St. Paul 1SW 60 F 0145 PM 11/24 CWOP
Lake St. Croix Beach 60 F 0210 PM 11/24 CWOP
Lake Minnetonka 1WSW 60 F 1256 PM 11/24 CWOP
Cottage Grove 60 F 0149 PM 11/24 CWOP
Red Wing 2S 60 F 1230 PM 11/24 CWOP
Victoria 1WSW 60 F 0102 PM 11/24 CWOP
Eagan 2ESE 60 F 0136 PM 11/24 CWOP
St. Louis Park 2ESE 60 F 0204 PM 11/24 AWS
Granite Falls AP 60 F 1210 PM 11/24 AWOS
Silver Lake 3E 60 F 1216 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Winthrop 2W 60 F 0145 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Hanley Falls 60 F 1140 AM 11/24 MNDOT
Marietta 5SSW 60 F 1145 AM 11/24 MNDOT
Richfield 3ESE 60 F 0105 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Vadnais Hgts 1SSE 60 F 0111 PM 11/24 MNDOT
Minneapolis-St. Paul AP-MSP 60 F 1253 PM 11/24 ASOS
Redwood Falls 1ESE 60 F 1249 PM 11/24 AWS
Columbia Hgts 2ESE 60 F 0114 PM 11/24 AWS

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying
equipment and exposures. We thank all volunteer weather observers
for their dedication. Not all data listed are considered official.

Temperature trends

Saturday highs are expected to range from the upper 40s in southwestern Minnesota to the upper 20s in northeastern Minnesota:

Lower 40s are expected in most of the Twin Cities metro area.

Sunday’s highs will be a bit warmer in many spots, with 30s over about the northern half of Minnesota, and mostly 40s in the south:

A few spots in southwestern Minnesota could touch 50 on Sunday.

Twin Cities metro area high temps could reach the lower 50s on Monday, followed by upper 40s Tuesday and lower 40s Wednesday through Friday.

Dry week ahead

Most of Minnesota is expected to have dry weather over the next 5 to 7 days.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model shows the potential precipitation pattern from this weekend through the coming week:

NOAA GFS model precipitation rate Saturday through Friday, via tropicaltidbits

You can see just a few small areas of rain/snow in far northern Minnesota Monday night and Wednesday night.

The color chart to the right of the loop refers to the precipitation rate (mm per hour), not to the total amount of rain or snow.

A different kind of November

The first 18 days of November were very warm last year in the Twin Cities metro area:

NWS data

It turned sharply colder on November 19th last year, and a couple of inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities a few days later.

The high on November 24, 2016 was only 37 degrees.

Much of November has been very chilly this year:

NWS data

Temps have been a bit milder this week, and you could call it “warm” this Friday with that record November 24th high of 60 degrees.

Programming note

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