Temps rebound; spotty Saturday showers in some areas, possibly an isolated p.m. t-storm

Warmer temps this week

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Thursday in Minneapolis
Ron Trenda/MPR News

Today is the Minnesota fishing opener. Our opener can’t be any later than May 15, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

Fishing seasons open for walleye, bass, northern pike and lake trout on Saturday, May 15. This year’s date is the latest possible opener under Minnesota statute, which sets the fishing opener as the Saturday two weeks prior to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Most anglers will have a rain-free Saturday, but spotty showers are possible at times in eastern Minnesota as well as western Wisconsin. An isolated t-storm also possible after 3 p.m. or so today. The NWS Storm Prediction Center shows a marginal risk (shaded dark green) of severe weather this Saturday afternoon/evening in the southeastern part of the Twin Cities metro area plus southeastern Minnesota and portions of western Wisconsin:

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Severe weather outlook Saturday and Saturday night
NWS Storm Prediction Center

Marginal risk means that an isolated severe t-storm is possible.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the MPR network, and you’ll see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

One forecast models shows spotty rain showers in far southern Minnesota on Sunday, but most areas will have a dry Sunday.

Temperature trends

Our average Twin Cities high temperature on May 15 is 69 degrees. We’ll be slightly above average this Saturday, topping out in the lower 70s in most of the metro area. Highs reach the 70s in most of Minnesota today, with 60s in portions of northeastern Minnesota and far southeastern Minnesota plus western Wisconsin.

Sunday highs will be mainly in the 70s, with some lower 80s in far northwestern Minnesota:

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Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

 There’ll be some 60s near Lake Superior.

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach  around 80 degrees on Monday, followed by upper 70s Tuesday and Wednesday, then 80 on Thursday and lower 80s Friday.

Above-normal highs are also a good bet for later this month. The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a tendency for above-normal temps in Minnesota and Wisconsin from May 22 through May 28:

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Temperature outlook May 22 through May 28
NWS Climate Prediction Center

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

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