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Cooler Sunday; a peek at fall colors

No more 80s in sight, but temps rebound a bit to start the week

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We briefly hit 81 degrees Saturday afternoon at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. It was our seventh consecutive day with a Twin Cities high temp in the 80s, which is impressive since our average high is only 70 degrees this time of year.

Sunday highs will be mainly in the 60s, with some lower 70s possible to the southeast:

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Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Many areas will reach the 70s on Monday, as astronomical autumn begins:

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Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach the mid 70s on Tuesday, followed by upper 60s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Rain chances

Showers and thunderstorms lingered into Saturday evening from Isanti County of Minnesota into northwestern Wisconsin. The thunderstorms were expected to pass to the north of the Twin Cities 7-county metro area Saturday evening. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible in northern Minnesota and parts of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin Saturday night. 

Updated weather information can be heard on the MPR network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

The daylight hours of Sunday should be dry in most areas, with scattered showers possible in far northern Minnesota. One forecast model also shows a late Sunday shower chance in southeastern Minnesota.

Monday is still looking dry, then some showers and an isolated t-storm will be possible late Tuesday and on Wednesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern Tuesday afternoon and evening:

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NOAA NAM simulated radar Tuesday afternoon and evening
Tropicaltidbits.com

.Fall colors

The fall colors are already stunning in some spots:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued a fall color report that shows many areas with substantial fall color in northern Minnesota:

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Fall colors Saturday Sept. 21
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Keep in mind that the fall color report includes all deciduous trees, not just maples. The brilliant fall colors will expand across the remainder of Minnesota in the next couple of weeks.

Tropical storm Jerry

It still looks like Tropical Storm Jerry will affect Bermuda late Monday and Tuesday:

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Forecast track of Tropical Storm Jerry
NWS National Hurricane Center

Here’s a portion of the Saturday evening update from the National Hurricane Center:

Jerry is forecast to turn northward on Sunday and then gradually accelerate northeastward early next week. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Little overall change in strength is forecast for the next several days, but short-term fluctuations in intensity are possible. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center.

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.