Under mostly sunny skies, temperatures rise through early next week, swinging the state from below-average back to 70s and 80s.
Due to colder air behind the front that passed through the state Tuesday and Wednesday and under mostly clear skies, parts of northern Minnesota started Thursday with their coldest temperatures since May.
Record lows were even set in some locations, including International Falls and Hibbing.
Highs stay below average for mid-September by about 10 degrees, with 50s north and 60s south.
Skies remain mostly sunny Thursday, although a minor disturbance is bringing a few more clouds to western and especially northwestern Minnesota. Some of the haze from the fires on the West Coast is also creeping back into the western edge of the state.
Although the weather remains 5-10 degrees below average Friday, with more 50s and 60s, it is the start of a warming trend that brings us back above average by early next week.
Most of the state can expect 70s by Sunday. Here is the temperature trend for the Twin Cities showing that slow warmup:
Temperatures stay warm through at least the middle of next week, with a few 80s possible in southern Minnesota Tuesday or Wednesday.
Under the influence of high pressure, precipitation is unlikely until at least Sunday. A disturbance could bring a few very light showers through the state late Sunday into early Monday, but rainfall looks very limited.
The current forecast shows no major storms likely the rest of next week either. Overall, Minnesota is looking at a dry and predominantly sunny stretch for most of the next week, although the sky will be hazy at times.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.
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