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NEXT Weather: Thursday's high hits 50, breaking February heat record

NEXT Weather: 6 p.m. report from Feb. 22, 2024
NEXT Weather: 6 p.m. report from Feb. 22, 2024 03:43

MINNEAPOLIS — Thursday is another spectacular one, with more sunshine and unusual February warmth.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport registered 50 degrees Thursday afternoon, making this the seventh 50-degree day this month, thus breaking February's heat record.

The previous record of six days was set in 2017, and was just tied on Wednesday. Thursday also marks the 14th 50-degree day so far this season.

Winds will be a bit more noticeable later in the day with gusts up to 30 mph. 

A cold front drops from north to south in the evening, bringing in colder air.

A shortwave drops in Friday, but it lacks moisture, so there may only be a few scattered flurries with no accumulation expected.

Winds turn back out of the southwest this weekend, with gusts of up to 35 mph on Saturday. This will warm us right back into the 40s, and maybe 50s, with more sunshine.

The really warm day is Monday, when we could push 60 degrees. The daily record of 64 was set back in 1896. Warmth will be accompanied by windy conditions.

That's ahead of a system that brings even more wind and showers Tuesday, and eventually a brief return to more seasonable temps for Wednesday.

There are some hints of measurable snow on Wednesday. 

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