Complaining about the weather this week would be plain wrong. On Tuesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the high hit a pleasant 71, but did not break the 1978 record high of 74 for this date.
Average highs are in the upper 40s in early November, before plunging to near freezing by the end of the month.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, it was 73 in Red Wing, 72 in Cambridge and South St. Paul, 71 and Crystal and Eden Prairie, and a toasty 76 in the southwestern town of Canby.
Wednesday will be no slouch with the National Weather Service forecasting a high of 68 for the metro. The rest of the week will cool off, with projections of 62 on Thursday, 47 on Friday and 45 on Saturday. Lows will drift toward freezing by week’s end.
Further warm-ups this month are not out of the question. The latest 70s reading in November came on the 17th in 1953, with a high of 71. And just to remind everyone of Minnesota’s place, climatologically speaking: There have been below-zero temperatures all through the calendar in November.