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Minnesota reaches modern record high temp: 63 degrees

ST. PAUL Minnesota has never seen temperatures in modern record reach 60 degrees in the first week in January -- until Thursday. The temperature reached 63 degrees in Canby and Marshall in southwestern Minnesota, and a number of other surrounding...

ST. PAUL

Minnesota has never seen temperatures in modern record reach 60 degrees in the first week in January -- until Thursday.

The temperature reached 63 degrees in Canby and Marshall in southwestern Minnesota, and a number of other surrounding cities reached 61 degrees.

In the Twin Cities, the temperature topped out at 45 degrees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

That beat the modern Twin Cities record of 43 degrees for the day set in 1984 but wasn't warm enough to beat an older record of 47 degrees set in 1885.

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Clouds and snow cover around the metro helped keep temperatures from rising even higher, said Rick Hiltbrand, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen.

But it was warm enough for some local golf courses to plan to open either today or this weekend.

River Oaks Golf Course has never opened in January, but the Cottage Grove course was taking names for a noon shotgun start today should the snow melt in time, said general manager Bruce Anderson.

"It's incredible," Anderson said. By 2 p.m. Thursday, 14 foursomes had signed up to play today, he said.

"I think it's the novelty of saying they played in Minnesota in January," said Anderson, adding that people wanting to play today should check with the course this morning to see if the snow melted.

At Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale, all the course slots are full for today, although it was still up in the air Thursday afternoon whether the course would open, said Nicole Anderson, golf event coordinator for the course.

If the course doesn't open today, it should this weekend, Anderson said, adding it would be the first time in seven or eight years the course was open in January.

"It's definitely an exciting time in Minnesota golf, that's for sure," she said.

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Golfers teeing it up this weekend will want to bring a sweater.

While the high today for the metro is expected to be near 41, temperatures are forecast to dip a bit Saturday and Sunday, with highs predicted near 36 and 34, respectively, said Hiltbrand.

Temperatures are forecast to rise the first part of next week, with highs for the metro in the low 40s on Monday and near 45 on Tuesday, he said.

"We could see some actual winter-like temperatures more at the end of next week and into the weekend, but that doesn't look like it will last too long," said Hiltbrand, adding that lows could fall to the single digits with highs around 20.

Before Thursday, the highest recorded temperature in Minnesota the first week of January was 59 degrees on Jan. 7, 2003, in Amboy, according to the Minnesota State Climatology Office.

Reaching 60 degrees anytime in the month has happened in Minnesota in only 10 of 120 years of modern records. The all-time record is 69 degrees on Jan. 24, 1981, in Montevideo, according to the climatology office.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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