70s in October makes for some amazing weather in the Twin Cities. Add in plenty of sunshine and light winds, and you’ve got some amazing conditions. While the warmth won’t last forever, we’ll see it hold out through Friday evening, at least.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
So what’s going on? Why are we more than 10 degrees above average? We can thank a monster high pressure ridge for that. One that makes you think it’s July still, instead of October. Look at this temperature map for Friday morning:
Those yellows and greens are your warmer, more spring-like (or summer-like) temperatures. The blues and purples are the colder temperatures. This map represents temperatures a mile up in the atmosphere, and the forecast models bring temperatures that are in the 60s to us by Friday morning.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t last forever. We see cooler temperatures gradually work their way in to Minnesota’s forecast, start Saturday.
Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis, is on the Midtown Greenway Coalition's board of directors, and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. Deep down he's a weather geek and has a degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from UW-Madison to prove it. He's spent time working at TV stations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa prior to arriving in Minneapolis to work for WeatherNation and now forecasting for MinnyApple. His favorite weather career moment came while storm chasing for his Iowa station (he went on 40+ storm chases during that time), when he saw a mile-wide EF-4 rated tornado.