Thursday brings one last day of milder and mostly dry weather before heat, humidity, and storms return for the weekend.
Thursday into Friday morning
The weather disturbance that brought isolated showers Wednesday is still bringing a few showers to southern Minnesota as of Thursday morning. The morning showers become even spottier into the afternoon hours, and any precipitation remains light.
What will be more widespread is extra cloud cover, making much of southern and central Minnesota mostly cloudy Thursday.
The disturbance lifts north overnight, bringing a very isolated chance for a shower or storm to the Twin Cities, and spotty activity is possible for central Minnesota Friday morning.
Most of the state sees highs in the upper 70s Thursday, although parts of northern and western Minnesota could see a few 80s as those areas will see more sunshine.
Because of the extra clouds and a wind flow out of the south, Friday will start mild, with most of the state in the 60s.
Warmer and stormy
That southerly flow continues to draw warmer, more humid air back across Minnesota putting highs for most of the state back in the 80s by Friday afternoon and through the weekend.
A few spots in southern Minnesota could even see low 90s,, especially on Sunday. Overnight lows also stay milder, with most places in the 60s.
Here is that temperature trend for the Twin Cities, showing the warmer highs and lows:
Humidity also climbs, and by Saturday, parts of Minnesota will likely see some very sticky dew points back in the 70s.
A couple rounds of storms also move across the state from Friday evening through Monday morning, bringing periods of scattered showers and storms.
Some of the storms over the weekend likely produce heavier rain, particularly for central and northern Minnesota where the rain could be more widespread at times. Northern Minnesota could see widespread totals over an inch of rain through Sunday night.
Severe weather is also a risk with the weekend storms. Friday evening the concern is northwestern Minnesota as the first round of storms push in.
It looks like the chances for strong storm are more isolated Saturday, but Sunday could be more active again.
We’ll update you on that severe weather potential throughout the weekend.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.