After a stretch of below normal temperatures from late April into early May, Minnesota is in for much warmer temperatures coming as early as this week.

Normal highs for this period should be close to seventy, instead of the low-to mid-fifties that we seem to have been stuck in. Adding injury to insult for central Minnesota gardeners have been repeated overnight areas of frost either delaying planting -- or the repeated covering and uncovering of outdoor plants.

We deserve what Mother Nature has in store for us just around the corner, as Minnesotans can prepare to transition from below-normal to above-normal temperatures.

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In the near future, a warmup into the sixties is in the forecast starting as early as today for the Saint Cloud area. The 6 to 10 day outlook has an above-average temperature bullseye across our area.

NOAA

With the warmer temperatures also comes an increased risk for showers and thunderstorms, leaving central Minnesota with an above average chance of precipitation over the same 6 to 10 day period.

NOAA

Taking a look a bit farther out, NOAA's 8 to 14 day outlook keeps central Minnesota in a warm sector, with the likelihood of above-normnal temperatures in the long range forecast.

NOAA

According to Weather.com, the ten-day forecast for Saint Cloud looks something like this:

  • TUE 5/11: High 62
  • WED 5/12: High 67
  • THU 5/13: High 66
  • FRI 5/14: High 65
  • SAT 5/15: High 65
  • SUN 5/16: High 64
  • MON: 5/17: High 71
  • TUE 5/18: High 70
  • WED 5/19: High 72
  • THU 5/20: High 70
  • FRI 5/21: High 70
  • SAT 5/22: High 70
  • SUN 5/23: High 72
  • MON 5/24: High 71

The average high in Saint Cloud by the end of May climbs to 74.

Even better news for gardeners and plant lovers in central Minnesota. While we know that when it comes to Minnesota weather its best to take a 'never say never' approach, it seems that this morning may be our last risk of frost for the season.

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