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Puddles at times on Monday, as winds pick up; cool temps this week

Temps recover a bit next weekend

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I hope that you enjoyed our weekend weather. We had mild temperatures both days, along with ample sunshine. Saturday morning showers were kind enough to move out by midday.

The temperature at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hit 67 degrees both days this weekend. That’s a good 10 to 11 degrees above our average Twin Cities high temp for this time of year. Some cooler temps are on tap.

Temperature trends

Monday highs will reach the 40s in roughly the northern half of Minnesota, with 50s from the southern half of Minnesota into western Wisconsin.

Tuesday highs will only reach the 40s in most areas:

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Tuesday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to stay in the 40s Wednesday through Friday, followed by 50s next weekend.

Rain at times

Rain is expected to gradually spread across Minnesota and western Wisconsin Sunday evening and overnight Sunday night. Periods of rain are likely in Minnesota and western Wisconsin Monday and Monday night, with a few embedded t-storms also possible.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from Monday through Monday evening:

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NOAA NAM simulated radar Monday though Monday evening
Tropicaltidbits.com

Listen for updated weather information on the MPR network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Portions of northern and central Minnesota and western Wisconsin could see more than one inch of rain from Monday into early Tuesday. Here’s the Duluth NWS Office rainfall forecast, with “tonight” referring to Sunday night and “tomorrow” referring to Monday::

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Rain totals Monday through Tuesday morning
National Weather Service

I wouldn’t be surprised to see some 1 inch to 1.5 inch rain totals in the Twin Cities metro area as well.

Flooding along the Red River

Flood warnings continue for many North Dakota and Minnesota counties that border the Red River:

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Flood warnings continue along the Red River
National Weather Service

You can get flood warning details by clicking on the map at the NWS Grand Forks, N.D., site.

Hydrographs of recent and forecast river levels can be found here. The Sunday evening hydrograph for the Red River at Fargo, North Dakota shows a rise of about two-and-one-half feet over the next 5 days:

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Sunday evening hydrograph for Fargo, North Dakota
NWS/USGS

Earlier sunsets

Our sunset on Sunday was at 6:20 p.m. CDT in the Twin Cities.  That’s two hours and forty-four minutes earlier than our sunset on June 29.  A table of sunrise and sunset times for the Twin Cities can be found here.

I hope that you have a good week!