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Unusual Warmth: Minneapolis, Chicago This Week

The large storm that has brought flooding rain and damaging winds to the Northwest this past weekend, will help drive unusually warm air into the Plains and Midwest early this week.

Virtually no rain will extend east of the Rockies after the storm exits the Northwest this week. The storm will head into Canada, but it will help create gusty, warm winds across the Plains and Midwest.

Southerly winds will usher in unusually warm air for this time of the year from the Midwest to eventually the Northeast this week.

Cities such as Rapid City, S.D., Minneapolis and Omaha will have AccuWeather.com RealFeel temperatures around 80 degrees Monday afternoon. Normal highs are around 70 degrees for these two cities.

Similar warmth will spread into St. Louis and Chicago on Tuesday before reaching Boston to New York City and Philadelphia on Wednesday.

In fact, Washington D.C. will have RealFeel temperatures approaching 90 by the middle of this week.

Abundant sunshine will accompany the widespread warm-up.

The warm up is an anomaly at the very time of year where normal highs take a sharp downward trend.

The warm and virtually rain-free weather will be great for those ready to take advantage of any outdoor fall activities such as hiking, fishing, or hunting. However, this weather will generally be short-lived in most places. A new, rain-laden storm is forecast to take shape over the Plains and Midwest late this week.