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Comfortable temps and dew points on Sunday and beyond

Severe weather reports from Saturday

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Thunderstorms brought damaging winds and heavy rain to parts of southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin Saturday morning. 

There were dozens of storm damage reports from southern Minnesota into Wisconsin. You can click on any location on the National Weather Service storm report map for details about storm damage. You can move the slider at the top of their map to “48 hours” to include reports from Friday and Saturday.

This snapshot of their map includes Saturday storm reports and some storm reports from Friday:

Storm reports Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon
National Weather Service

Radar estimates show some 3 to 5 inch rain totals in parts of southern Minnesota on Saturday, which led to flooding:

Radar estimated rainfall totals for Saturday
Twin Cities National Weather Service

The overnight hours of Saturday night will be dry for most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Next shower chance

Sunday should be dry in most areas, with a small shower chance Sunday evening.  NOAA’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening:

NOAA NAM simulated radar from noon Sunday through Sunday evening

As always, updated weather information can be heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Temperature trends

There aren’t any 90s in sight.

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

Forecast highs for Sunday
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach around 80 on Monday, followed by lower 80s Tuesday through Thursday and mid 80s on Friday.

Friday dew points

With all the thunderstorms lately, we haven’t taken much time to note the extraordinary dew points and heat index values of Friday.

Here are a few peak heat indexes, with “today” in the tweet referring to Friday:

The dew point at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reached 80 degrees on Friday:

That was just two degrees shy of the highest dew point in Twin Cities weather records.

I often wear contacts, but I’m glad that I was wearing glasses Friday afternoon. I experienced something new, when I came out of an air-conditioned store and my glasses fogged up. The glasses were cooler than the 80 degree dew point temperature.