A bright Sunday; shower chance returns to metro area Monday afternoon

It was a nice way to end our summer.

There was plenty of sunshine in central and southern Minnesota on Saturday.

Our Twin Cities high temp of 67 degrees was just a couple of degrees cooler than our average September 22 high.

There was enough wind for the late-summer regatta on Lake Harriet:

September 22 at Lake Harriet, Minneapolis    Image: Ron Trenda/MPR news

I think you’ll like our Sunday weather too.

Temperature trends 

Sunday highs should reach the 70s in southern Minnesota and parts of central Minnesota:

The far north will only reach the 50s, with some 40s near the Canadian border.

On Monday, roughly the southeastern half of Minnesota is expected to reach the 70s:

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to be in the lower 60s next Tuesday through Friday.

Rain chances

Far northern Minnesota could see some scattered showers overnight Saturday night.

The north will have a chance of showers on Sunday.

Updated weather information can be heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and you can see updated weather info on the MPR news live weather blog.

The shower chance expands over most of Minnesota as we go through Monday, and there could even be an embedded thunderstorm Monday afternoon and evening.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern Sunday morning through Monday evening:

NOAA NAM simulated radar from Sunday morning through Monday evening, via tropicaltidbits

The color chart to the right of the loop refers to the strength of the signal that returns to the radar, not to the amount of rain.

The Monday rain could hold off until mid or late afternoon in the Twin Cities.

Fall  color

We get a lot of inquiries this time of year about fall colors.

The fall color report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shows that portions of northern Minnesota already have quite a bit of fall color:

Minnesota DNR

Keep in mind that all deciduous trees are included in the fall color report, not just maples.

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.