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Weather improves on Sunday

Rain chances to start the week

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Periods of rain are expected to continue Saturday evening and overnight Saturday night in roughly the southern half of Minnesota and on into Wisconsin. There will be some embedded thunderstorms at times.  Northwestern Minnesota and parts of north-central Minnesota could see scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday night.  Showers are expected to end in most areas by sunrise on Sunday, with a lingering shower chance in parts of northeastern Minnesota Sunday morning.

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.

You can see the recent local NWS radar loop here. The recent radar loop for southwestern Minnesota can be found here, and the southeastern Minnesota loop here. The northeastern Minnesota radar loop and the northwestern Minnesota radar loop are also available.

Temperature trends

Sunday highs will reach the 70s in much of northern Minnesota, with mostly lower 80s elsewhere:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to be in the mid 70s Monday and Tuesday, followed by upper 70s Wednesday and Thursday and lower 80s on Friday.

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center shows a tendency toward warmer than normal temperatures in Minnesota and Wisconsin from next weekend into the start of the following week:

Temperature outlook August 16-20
NWS Climate Prediction Center

Monday and Tuesday rain chances

We could see scattered showers and thunderstorms in parts of Minnesota and western Wisconsin Monday and Tuesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern Monday through Tuesday:

NOAA NAM simulated radar Monday through Tuesday

Pay more attention to the patchy nature of the rain pattern rather than the exact location of the rain. No all-day rains are expected.

Earlier sunsets

Sunset September 16 at Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis.
Ron Trenda | MPR News

Although our sunsets are still after 8 p.m., they are occurring a bit earlier each day as we go through August.  A peek at the U.S. Naval Observatory’s sunrise/sunset chart for Minneapolis, shows that our sunset is at 8:27 p.m. CDT on August 10.  Sunset was at 9:04 p.m. CDT in late June.  By September 10, our sunset will be at 7:34 p.m. CDT.  

 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.