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May 2016 outlook

May 2, 2016


April was a fairly normal month in the Twin Cities. It was cool at the beginning and end of the month, with several very warm days in between. The average temperature for the month was just six-tenths of a degree above normal. The warmest reading at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 80 degrees, on April 16. The coldest low temperature was 20 degrees, on April 9.

Rainfall was .18 inch above normal.

The May temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a tendency for above normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:

NWS Climate Prediction Center

NWS Climate Prediction Center

Some cool days are likely in any month, but there is a tendency for the average temperature of May 2016 to be warmer than normal.

In case you’re wondering, our Twin Cities average high temperature rises from 65 degrees on May 1st to 74 degrees on the 31st.

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