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Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 49F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.
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Minneapolis experiences a continental climate which is characterized by cold and snowy winters. Summers in Minneapolis are hot and humid. According to Koppen climate classification Minneapolis weather is defined as humid continental climate. The difference between average temperatures in the coldest month in winter and the warmest month in summer is great i.e. 60.1 degrees Fahrenheit (33.4 degrees centigrade).
The state receives all types of precipitation including snow, rain, ice and sleet. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Minneapolis was 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees centigrade) in July 1936. The coldest temperature ever recorded was -41 degrees Fahrenheit (-41 degrees centigrade) in January 1888. Average annual temperature is 45.4 degrees Fahrenheit (7.4 degrees centigrade). The highest amount of snow received was in 1983 and 84 season which recorded 98.4 inches (250 centimeters) of snow. For more info on Minneapolis climate check http://www.minneapolisweather.net.
Winter officially starts in late December. However Minneapolis begins to experience winter like weather in November and in some cases October. At the end of summer air in the south of the U.S. weakens and cold polar air from the north starts to build up and push towards the south spreading up to Minneapolis. By December and January Minneapolis will be covered by polar air which causes outbreaks of arctic air masses. High pressure systems from Canada bring in light winds which bring in extremely cold temperatures. Storms frequently move into Minneapolis and bring precipitation with them.
Winter precipitation comes in different forms. Snow is the most common kind of precipitation during winter while freezing rain is also common. At times ice, sleet and rain can occur during winter. Storms can bring in heavy snowfalls or create blizzard conditions.
Spring is the time for weather to change in Minneapolis. At the end of winter the sun rises and temperatures become mild. During this time some areas start to experience thunderstorms and tornadoes. Storm systems moving from the Pacific collide with warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. Snow and rain are possible during early spring. Snow starts to melt in March although cold air can come from Canada and bring in snowfall which can occur until late April.
Minneapolis summers are characterized by heat and humidity. Summer air masses are not as unpredictable as winter air masses therefore daily high and low temperatures during summer rarely vary more than 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Although Minneapolis experiences a long period of hot and humid weather, the city is located in an area which receives drier polar air from Canada. The polar air is short-lived however, so it is quickly replaced by the warmer humid air from the Gulf of Mexico. July is the hottest month in Minneapolis and is the month when heat waves occur. In 1936 there was a heat wave that affected almost the whole state of Minnesota including Minneapolis. The city was engulfed in 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees centigrade) for several days.
Summer months June, July and August account for almost half the precipitation received per annum in Minneapolis. Most of the rainfall is accompanied by thunderstorms which are very frequent during this time. The storms can be severe at times producing large hail, damaging winds and strong tornadoes. Thunderstorms bring heavy rainfall and lightning. Flash flooding is not an unusual scene. Summer precipitation is always in the form of rain except when it comes as hail.
Droughts are very possible in Minneapolis. A lack of rainfall during the summer months can be very devastating for agriculture. The last major drought was in 1988, the combination of dry skies and heat destroyed lots of crops in Minneapolis as well as other cities in the state of Minnesota.
Tornadoes are very possible in Minneapolis. The month with the highest risk of tornadoes is June, followed by July and May. Minneapolis is located in the Tornado Alley of the state of Minnesota. The state of Minnesota experiences an average of 24 tornadoes per year some of which can affect Minneapolis.
We at Minneapolis Weather.Net believe that the best time to visit Minneapolis is between the months May and September. This is the time when temperatures are moderate as this is the time that covers the summer period. Summer is a great time to enjoy the lakes of this city. If you are a snow fanatic and are into skiing then December and January are the best months to visit Minneapolis. For more details on when to visit Minneapolis, visit: www.minneapolisweather.net.