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Rain and thunder at times on Monday; cool week ahead

Duluth NWS radar is not in service

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You won’t need to water your lawn or garden anytime soon. 

Our Sunday night showers won’t be the end of the rain.  Periods of rain are likely Monday into Monday evening across most of Minnesota and Wisconsin, with a few embedded thunderstorms at times.  Some areas could see one inch or more of rain by late Monday.

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

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NOAA NAM simulated radar Monday through Monday evening
Tropicaltidbits.com

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 northwestern Minnesota radar loop is also available. The recent radar loop for southwestern Minnesota can be found here, and the southeastern Minnesota loop here.

The Duluth NWS radar is currently out of service, as upgrades to that radar continue:

More details and videos related to the radar project can be found here.

Severe weather outlook

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center shows a marginal risk of severe weather Monday and Monday night for portions of southeastern Minnesota and southern Wisconsin:

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Severe weather outlook for Monday and Monday night
NWS Storm Prediction Center

Marginal risk means that an isolated severe thunderstorm is possible.  SPC will update the severe weather outlook Monday morning.

Temperature trends

Monday highs will be in the 60s in much of northern Minnesota, with 70s elsewhere:

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Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

The Twin Cities metro area will probably reach the lower 70s Monday afternoon, which is well below our average Aug. 26 high of 79 degrees.

Metro area highs are projected be be around 70 Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by mid to upper 70s Thursday and lower 70s on Friday.

The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a tendency for cooler than normal temperatures next weekend and into the beginning of the following week: 

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Temperature outlook Aug. 31 through Sep. 4
NWS Climate Prediction Center

It doesn’t look like we’ll see any steamy days during our 2019 Minnesota State Fair.