A breezy and cold Monday, but warmer on Wednesday; the warmth of Nov. 2016

The high temperature Sunday afternoon at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was just 30 degrees.

That’s well below our average Nov. 11 high temp of 44, and Monday will be even chillier.

We’re expected to top out in the lower 20s in the Twin Cities metro area and much of southern Minnesota Monday afternoon, while temps only reach the teens in northwestern Minnesota.

And it’ll be breezy too.

There could be scattered light snow showers Monday in northern Minnesota.

Southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area will have a chance of a Monday morning snow flurry.

The warm November of 2016

High temps have been chilly most of this month in the Twin Cities metro area and most of Minnesota.

The high temp at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has not reached 50 degrees since November 1:

NWS data for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Now take a look at the much warmer Twin Cities high temps in November of 2016:

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

We had two days with highs in the 70s and nine days with highs in the 60s during November of 2016!

I remember playing golf in mid-November that year, and the geraniums looked great until that cool-down on November 19.

November 2016 is ranked as the second warmest in Twin Cities weather records:

Minnesota State Climatology Office

The temperature listed for November is the average of all the daily high temps and low temps for the entire month.

Wednesday “warmth”

We’ll probably see highs in the 40s across much of southern and central Minnesota this Wednesday, with 30s to the north:

Twin Cities metro area highs are expected to reach the lower 40s Wednesday, followed by mid 40s on Thursday. Highs retreat to the mid 30s on Friday.

Thanksgiving weather

Thanksgiving is Nov. 22 this year.

The Nov. 19 through Nov. 25 outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a tendency for above-normal temperatures in Minnesota and western Wisconsin:

NWS Climate Prediction Center

That would be nice!

By the way, our average high temperature is 37 degrees on Nov. 22 in the Twin Cities.

Check for updates as we get closer to Thanksgiving.