Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Hey - a heatwave! Temperatures in the Rochester area are expected to get above freezing Saturday for the first time since Monday.

Rochester set a record Friday when the official low temperature fell to zero at 4:15 AM. The previous record low for Nov. 8th was 1 degree, set in 1991.

The National Weather Service also reports Friday’s low temperature was the fourth earliest reading of 0 or lower during the autumn season on record. It was also the coldest it’s been so early in the season since 1991.

The warmup is going to be a one-day affair. Another round of below-normal temperatures will begin Sunday and continue through all of the upcoming week. Temperatures may not get above freezing until Friday.
EARLIEST DATES FOR FIRST
0F OR COLDER TEMPERATURE
IN ROCHESTER MN
1886-2019

RANK DATE YEAR
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1 OCTOBER 25 (6F) 1887
2 NOVEMBER 4 (-2F) 1991
3 NOVEMBER 5 (-4F) 1951
4 NOVEMBER 8 (0F) 2019
5 NOVEMBER 11 (-6F) 1986
NOVEMBER 11 (OF) 1943

National Weather Service

News Update: This week’s unseasonably cold weather has forced Rochester’s homeless to find a place to stay warm. Some have returned to the city’s downtown skyways.