Timing is everything, and this weekend it looks like the weather will finally cooperate with many Minnesotans days off.
A weekend with mixed sun, low humidity and temp in the upper 70s in early August? We’ll take it and run with it.
Summer time lake water temps have already peaked this year, but with most lake temps in southern Minnesota still in the mid-70s the water is plenty warm for a day at the beach. Tee times and bike rides should go off without a hitch.
Our overall weather pattern still looks like early September, but the jet stream has lifted a bit further north than last weekend’s record setting chill.
Rain and some thunder returns to the forecast Monday into early next week. The long range forecast looks fairly summer-like. No complaints from the weather department. Lawns and farm fields could use a good soaker at this point.
A wedge of Canadian high pressure drifts overhead this weekend. That means mixed sun, little to no rain chances, low dew points in the 50s and comfy temps in the 70s. This will be a perfect weekend for just about anything “outdoor Minnesota.”
Rain chances return Monday
The next front eases into Minnesota early next week. Scattered showers and T-Storms will move in as it approaches. The best chances for rain appears to be Monday. We could sue the watering, and most models suggest around .50″ Monday.
The overall weather pattern still looks fairly dry, but rain chances have improved a bit for next week. Still, the heaviest rains will fall south of Minnesota. Here’s the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 7-day rainfall outlook from its Hydrometeorological Prediction Center.
The warmest day next week looks like Tuesday. 80s look likely. Note the absence of any real major heat in the Upper Midwest.
The longer range forecast features a cool front lat next week, but it doesn’t look like it will penetrate as far south as we thought a few days ago. 70s should be common late next week. Here’s the Euro take on the forecast.
There are still signs we may see a more extended run of 80s — even a shot at 90 after mid-August, possible just in time for the State Fair.