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Rain chances highest to the west and south on Monday; typical August temps

Cooler on Tuesday and Wednesday, but temps rebound late in the week

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It was nice to have a rain-free Sunday across most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin! 

The best chance of occasional showers and thunderstorms on Monday is expected to be in western and far southern Minnesota. There’ll be an isolated shower and thunderstorm chance elsewhere in Minnesota plus western Wisconsin. Occasional scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible across much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin on Monday night and Tuesday.

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

NOAA NAM simulated radar for Tuesday

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

Many areas will have Monday afternoon highs in the 70s.  Some spots in the Twin Cities metro area and southern Minnesota will creep into the lower 80s, while portions of northwestern Minnesota only reach the 60s:

Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

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

Next weekend looks warm, with metro area highs in the upper 80s.  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 17-21
NWS Climate Prediction Center

Typical high temps

Our average high temp is 81 degrees this time of year in the Twin Cities metro area. In about a month, on Sept. 12, our average high temp is 73 degrees.  By Oct. 12, the Twin Cities average high temp will have retreated to 60 degrees.  But we’ll be talking about great fall colors by then!