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Minnesota enters the 'civil twilight zone'

Jun 13, 2020 05:37AM ● By Editor
Sunset in the BWCAW in late June.  Photo: Paul Huttner

By Paul Huttner of Minnesota Public Radio News - June 12, 2020 

This is it Minnesota. This is the weekend you’ve been waiting for.

Minnesotans are hearty weather folk.

  • We put up with December days when it gets dark at 4 p.m.

  • We endure bitter life-threatening Janaury windchills of minus 40 degrees.

  • We risk white-knuckle February commutes in a foot of snow on icy roads. 

  • We grimace through freak April snowstorms when daffodils should be blooming.

Yes, we earn our summers in Minnesota. It’s time for our reward.

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Summer sunset on Lake Minnetonka.  Photo: Paul Huttner | MPR News

Sunset 9 p.m. through July 10

This is my favorite month of the year in Minnesota. Our sunset time is now 9 p.m. or later through July 10. We are now in the brightest month of the year in Minnesota.

Civil twilight is considered the time when there is still enough daylight to function outdoors without additional light. Evening civil twilight peaks at 9:41 p.m. the week of June 22.

Daylight graph for Minneapolis
Daylight graph for Minneapolis  Graphic: timeanddate.com


With our long evening daylight on clear nights in open areas, it’s basically light enough to see outside until 10 p.m.

Congratulations Minnesota. We are in the “civil twilight zone” for about the next month.


Twin Cities area outlook
Twin Cities area outlook Image: Twin Cities National Weather Service

Spectacular Saturday

It’s hard to come up with a recipe for a better summer Saturday in Minnesota. The morning begins frosty for parts of northeast Minnesota. But temperatures will warm rapidly by afternoon.

Highs in the 60s cover northeast Minnesota. Highs in the 70s to near 80 degrees favor the south. With low humidity and light southeast breezes, it doesn’t get much better.

Summery Sunday

South winds pipe up again Sunday. Gust could exceed 30 mph+ Sunday. That will whip up some whitecaps on Minnesota lakes Sunday.

Highs reach the 70s in most of Minnesota, to low 80s south by Sunday afternoon. Cooler by your favorite lake.

Forecast high temperatures Sunday
Forecast high temperatures Sunday Graphic: NOAA

Heat next week

It still looks like we’ll see a respectable dose of heat and humidity next week. Forecast models have backed off the notion of 100 degrees, but highs well into the 90s look likely by Tuesday.

European model ECMWF temperature forecast 1 pm Tuesday June 16
European model (ECMWF) temperature forecast 1 p.m. June 16. ECMWF via pivotal weather

Enjoy our glorious weekend.


To see the original story and read more weather reporting, follow this link the Paul Huttner's MPR Updraft weather reports.  https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/06/12/best-weather-weekend-of-the-year-ahead

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