Showers at times, possibly some thunderstorms

Saturday was gorgeous.

We hit 80 degrees Saturday afternoon at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and there was plenty of sunshine.

Our Sunday will be much different than Saturday.

Minnesota will see some periods of rain this Sunday and Sunday night, with a few thunderstorms in the mix at times.

The driest spot in Minnesota this Sunday will be in the northeast, where they probably won’t see any showers until late Sunday afternoon.

Severe weather risk

The best chance of seeing a few strong to severe thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening will be over southwestern and west-central Minnesota.

The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a slight risk of severe weather this Sunday and Sunday night in Rock county in far southwestern Minnesota.

The SPC shows a marginal risk of severe weather in the rest of southwestern Minnesota and also in part of west-central Minnesota:

NWS Storm Prediction Center

Slight risk means that scattered severe thunderstorms are possible, marginal risk means that an isolated severe thunderstorm is possible:

NWS Storm Prediction Center

Updated weather information can be heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and you can also read about any watches and warnings in the MPR news live weather blog.

Temperature trends

Areas with the steadiest rains in Minnesota will probably see highs in the upper 60s Sunday afternoon, with mainly lower 70s elsewhere.

On Monday, 70s will be common:

Twin Cities high temps should be around 80 Tuesday through Friday of this coming week.

Our average high temp this time of year is 81 degrees in the Twin Cities metro area.

Soggy Wednesday

Periods of rain and a few thunderstorms are likely in much of Minnesota Tuesday night and Wednesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model shows the potential rain pattern:

NOAA GFS model rainfall rate Tuesday through Wednesday evening, via tropical tidbits

The color chart to the right of the loop refers to the rainfall rate (mm per hour), not to the total amount of rain.

No 90s in sight

There aren’t any high temps of 9o or warmer in the Twin Cities 7 day forecast.

Our official Twin Cities high temperature hasn’t reached 90 degrees since July 22.

We came close on August 1, with a high temp of 89 degrees.

So far this year, we’ve seen 90 or warmer on 10 days at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Summer is far from over, so we could hit 90 degrees again.

We have an average of 11 days per year with a high temp of 90 or warmer in The Twin Cities metro area.

Programming note:

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.