Our instant summer preview fades Friday as a cold front slides across Minnesota from the west. More scattered rain and thunder. Another free lawn watering. Another dent in a fading drought.

One more shot of cool Canadian high pressure this weekend before the official start of “meteorological summer” Monday.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Storms favor northern and southeast Minnesota overnight into Friday morning. Storms in northwest Minnesota and the Red River Valley pack heavy rains, gusty winds and hail.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms become more numerous in the Twin Cities as the day progresses Friday. Here’s a rough idea of the estimated radar returns overnight into early Friday.

Twin Cities National Weather Service

Rain and thunder focuses on southeast Minnesota Friday. There could be some impressive 1-inch rainfall totals as the slow-moving front slides through. The Interstate 90 corridor may see the heaviest rainfall totals Friday.

ModelWeather.com

Drought busted part II

Another week, another major dent in the drought. Here’s this week’s updated U.S. Drought Monitor.

USDA/UNL

September weekend

I knew it was coming. I actually heard the first complaints about the heat this week. Tired of summer-like temperatures in the 80s?

You’ll love the free air conditioning this weekend.

NOAA Global Forecast System, via Weatherspark

Grab the umbrella Friday!