Feels like April; soggy Saturday

It felt like July last weekend in southern and central Minnesota, with highs in the 80s. Our cool temperatures from today right through the weekend will make it feel more like April.

Don’t you love our Minnesota temperature extremes?

Weekend highs

Saturday highs will be in the 40s to mid 50s in Minnesota:

Those highs are 15 to 20 degrees below average in many locations.

Sunday’s highs will be mainly in the 50s statewide:

Our average high temperature is 70 degrees this time of year in the Twin Cities, and we could touch 70 next Monday in the metro area.

We’re expecting highs in the 60s Tuesday and Wednesday, then back up to about 70 Thursday and Friday.

Weekend rain

Southern Minnesota has a chance of showers this Friday afternoon, and the chance of showers will expend northward this evening.

All of Minnesota is expected to see periods of rain Saturday and Saturday night, with a thunderstorm also possible.

Occasional showers are possible on Sunday, especially during the morning hours.

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

Tropical tidbits

Chippewa River Flooding

Some flooding is occurring along the Chippewa River in western Wisconsin.

Here’s the most recent flood warning information from the National Weather Service:

Hydrographs for the river at Eau Claire, Wis., and Durand, Wis., show the river levels in relation to flood stage:

NOAA/U.S. Geological Survey NOAA/USGS

You can generate hydrographs for many spots along Minnesota and Wisconsin rivers.

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. and 9:35 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday.