Very warm, humid conditions stay as thunderstorms exit

Mother Nature over-delivered on rainfall in portions of Minnesota and western Wisconsin overnight. Widely scattered thunderstorms blossomed into a rather large cluster of showers and thunderstorms.

This enhanced infrared satellite image depicts the colder cloud tops of storms (blue/green) at 5:30 a.m.

iriunidys
Enhanced infrared satellite image: NOAA/Unisys.com

The screen capture of the Duluth National Weather Service radar at 6:35 a.m. showed the thunderstorms tracking through the Arrowhead region and northern Wisconsin.

dlhuradar635
Image:Wunderground.com

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to slowly shift east through Wisconsin this morning.

The storm total precipitation estimated from the Twin Cities National Weather Service radar identified where the heaviest precipitation occurred last night. This screen capture image is from 6:35 a.m. Note the rain had not yet reached Rochester.

pcpntatol
Image:Wunderground.com

The rain gauge at Mankato, Minn., collected 1.39 inches. Marshall, Minn., tallied more than 1 inch. In the Twin Cities metro area, Crystal Airport recorded 0.49 inch of rain.

As skies clear, we will be draped in sunshine and sultry air. Where the clouds linger, temperatures will be held down a tad.  And the cooler waters of Lake Superior will hold the temperatures in the 70s along the shoreline.

wedcldouds

The mercury has a good shot of topping out around 90 along the border of the Dakotas and Minnesota.

fgkpic

Dew points that reached into the lower 70s in southern Minnesota on Tuesday are expected to hoover around 70 this afternoon. Dew points in the 50s in northern Minnesota Tuesday afternoon should climb into the 60s as we move through the afternoon.

The warm and humid air mass is expected to hang around through the weekend, an extension of summer leading up to Labor Day. Here are your projected high temperatures for Saturday.

maxsatnation

Before you go...

MPR News is dedicated to bringing you clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives when we need it most. We rely on your help to do this. Your donation has the power to keep MPR News strong and accessible to all during this crisis and beyond.