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Scattered rain overnight; warmest 4 months of the coming year

It’s a rainy night for much of Minnesota. A relatively weak low-pressure system is strong enough to produce scattered rain and some thunderstorms.

NOAA’s HRRR model shows the low tracking through the heart of Minnesota overnight into Thursday morning. Scattered rain and some thunderstorms will move across the east during the night. The loop below runs between Wednesday 7:00 PM and Thursday 7:00 AM.

NOAA HRRR model 2

NOAA HRRR model between Wednesday 7:00 PM and Thursday 7:00 AM.

NOAA via tropical facts

The system will reduce precipitation across most of central and southern Minnesota. But a band of rain of an inch or more will benefit northwestern Minnesota. That is good news. Drought continues in this zone.

NOAA GFS precipitation output

NOAA GFS precipitation output.

NOAA via Crucial Weather

Warmer days ahead

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Warmer air will blow in behind the departing low-pressure system on Thursday. Friday’s highs will push into the mid and upper 80s from the Twin Cities south and west. I won’t be surprised if I see a few bench thermometers flashing 90 degrees Friday afternoon in cities like Madison, Montevideo and Granite Falls in southwestern Minnesota.

High temperatures forecast Friday 2

Expect high temperatures on Friday.

NOAA

Saturday will bring a cool front bringing in cooler air from the northwest. But highs will reach 80 degrees in southeastern Minnesota before the front blows through.

Expect high temperatures on Saturday

Expect high temperatures on Saturday.

NOAA

Sunday brings a beautiful and comfortable day to end the weekend.

High temperatures forecast on Sunday

High temperatures forecast on Sunday.

NOAA

Overall, it looks like our beautiful spring weather pattern will continue well into next week. Our normal high temperature in the Twin Cities reached 70 degrees on Friday. Our normal high temperature in the Twin Cities will remain at or above 70 degrees through September 24th.

Climate data from Twin Cities

Climate data from Twin Cities.

Twin Cities National Weather Service

We are entering the hottest four months of the year in Minnesota.

To enjoy!