Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Our forecast held in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and our weather stayed warm (warmer than average – record warmth, in fact) and that trend continues as we warm up today and tomorrow, with a warm weather week in store this entire upcoming week.
We’ll get near the record again on Monday, with a high in the upper 50s, but we (likely) won’t snap the record set in the Twin Cities in 1998, when we hit 63 degrees.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
So how unusual is it to be this warm? Our average high at MSP today is 36 degrees. The closest we get to that this week is Thursday, with a high around 40 degrees.
Here’s the setup and why we’re warming up today and tomorrow. We’re south of the jetstream, which is rare for this time of year. Look at the dividing line as we look back in time to the overnight hours of last night:
You can see the chillier blues overhead, but those chilly temps are moving out today, being replaced by the more spring/fall-like greens and even yellows, indicating some warmer air on the way.
Here’s what the temperature map looks like for Monday (this is temps 1 mile up in the atmosphere):
SW Minnesota could actually see temps in the 70 degree range, while we’ll be in the upper 50s in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Not bad for late November, especially after a very chilly start to the month.
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. 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.