Friday was a beautiful summer day for most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
However, we’re still looking for rain, with about 75 percent of Minnesota currently experiencing drought conditions.
Chance of rain on weekends
Northwestern Minnesota could see a few showers and an isolated thunderstorm Friday night, with this chance of rain spreading into north-central Minnesota overnight. A few scattered showers and thunderstorms are also possible Friday night in extreme southeastern Minnesota.
West central and northern Minnesota could see some showers at times on Saturday, with an isolated thunderstorm also possible. The best chance of torrential downpours on Saturday will be in southeast Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin as an area of low pressure projects moisture into those areas. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NAM) North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential rainfall pattern on Saturday and Saturday night:
The Twin Cities metro area will be near the northern edge of rain on Saturday and Saturday evening, with some occasional showers and thunderstorms expected.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin on Sunday.
Saturday’s highs will mostly be in the upper 70s and lower 80s:
Saturday’s dew points will be in the comfortable 50s in many areas, with sticky 60s in the southeast:
The high temperatures on Sunday will again be mainly in the upper 70s and lower than 80:
Lower 70s are possible in northeast Minnesota.
Sunday dew points will be in the 50s to around 60s:
Return to temperatures: Highs for the Twin Cities metro area are expected to be in the lower 80s on Monday and Tuesday, followed by the mid-80s on Wednesday. Our highs drop to around 80 Thursday and Friday next week.
Temperatures may increase slightly for July 4 and the start of the following week. The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a trend for above normal temperatures in Minnesota and western Wisconsin from July 3-9:
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