Near-record warmth today and Thursday; Rain chances tomorrow
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A storm system approaching from the southwest is bringing clouds and gusty winds to the area while continuing to bring in spring-like warmth. Expect skies to be mostly cloudy throughout the day and high temperatures will be in the upper 40s and lower 50s. The record to watch for in Rochester is 52 degrees, which was set in 1987. However, the active nature of those winds will likely keep wind chill values in the 40s.
Light rain showers are expected to fall at midnight and continue to move over the area throughout the night. Low temperatures will be in the low to mid 40s with brisk southerly winds.
Thursday will be windy and unstable, but mild, with temperatures rising into the lower 50s in the afternoon. There will be a few rounds of rain and possibly a stray thunderstorm in the afternoon as the storm system moves through the upper Mississippi Valley to the northwest. High temperatures tomorrow afternoon will be in the to mid 50s, which is a record for our area. Southerly winds will reach 35 mph at times throughout the day, adding a slight chill to the air on an April-like day.
Cold, dry air will flow into the area on Friday following the storm system’s departure. Temperatures will be several degrees cooler than the 50s we’ve seen recently, but still a little warmer than the seasonal average. With limited sunshine and a rough westerly breeze on Friday, high temperatures will be in the upper 30s.
The weekend will feature occasional sunshine and clouds with a brisk northwesterly breeze, and high temperatures will be in the mid 30s.
Next week will be bright and cool with highs in the low to mid 30s.
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