Canadian cooldown continues

From meteorologist Bill Endersen:

Wasn’t it thoughtful of our Canadian neighbors to (finally) give up some of their cooler, drier air that swept into Minnesota behind yesterday’s cold front? Persistent northwest winds made for a terrific day for wind surfers on area lakes today.

Low clouds hung around for much of the day but will clear out this evening and set the stage for our coolest temperatures since June tomorrow morning. Look for low temperatures around the metro area in the low 50s Wednesday morning, followed by afternoon highs in the mid-70s with comfy dew points continuing in the 50s.

Our next chance of rain should be on Friday when showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some showers could linger Friday night and possibly into very early Saturday, but the rest of the weekend looks great. Expect high temperatures in the 70s through Sunday before Monday turns a bit warmer.

The Deep South is not getting our heat relief, however. Residents of Dallas are experiencing their 39th consecutive 100-degree day. Their record of 42 consecutive days is likely to be tied on Friday and broken on Saturday.

To make matters much worse, most of Texas and Oklahoma as well as parts of New Mexico, Kansas and Louisiana are in the midst of something called an Exceptional Drought. That’s even worse than an Extreme Drought.

The National Weather Service in Dallas-Fort Worth has measured less than one-tenth of an inch of rain since June 22, and has recorded just two days with measurable rainfall since May 25.

A year ago today the Twin Cities had a record-tying 95 degrees. Our normal low and high would be 63 and 82.

Enjoy the evening. Sunset in the Twin Cities will be at 8:28 pm — that’s a fearless forecast.

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