Spring temperatures set to return; weekend looks lovely

A nice weekend then even cooler

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Forecast high temperatures Friday
NOAA via pivotal weather

Calmer and beautiful weather sets in for the weekend following Thursday’s storms. Highs will be mainly in the 70s Friday with some 60s north and low 80s south.

Beautiful weekend, well earned

We had numerous severe weather reports again late Thursday. I discuss some of them in this previous blog post.

In addition to the severe storm reports, there was another round of heavy rainfall in many areas. Central Minnesota saw another 2 to 3 inches in some places on top of the 2 to 3 inches they saw Wednesday.

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Central Minnesota rainfall Thursday
National Weather Service

Along the North Shore, more rain fell too; up to 1 to 2 inches.

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North Shore of Lake Superior rainfall amounts Thursday
National Weather Service

The Cascade River is now being reported up to Minnesota Highway 61 thanks to a wet spring and the additional thunderstorm rainfall.

Temperatures will be cooler Friday but still above normal. We set a record high temperature of 92 in the Twin Cities Thursday. That broke the old record of 90 degrees set back in 1961!

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Forecast high temperatures Friday
National Weather Service

Dew points will also be much more typical and comfortable for mid-May.

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Forecast dew points by late Friday will be much more comfortable
National Weather Service

Saturday will be another nice day with temps mainly in the 60s and 70s.

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Forecast high temperatures Saturday
National Weather Service

Spring returns next week

If you were worried we skipped right to June after the heat, humidity and severe weather, worry not. We’ll see a string of more typical mid May days.

Temperatures will be even cooler Monday into Wednesday; mainly in the 60s with some 50s in northern Minnesota.

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Forecast high temperatures by Tuesday will be much cooler.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Pivotal Weather

After a stormy week it will be mainly dry too with just a few minor systems bringing isolated showers north Saturday; south late Sunday and for most of us late Tuesday.

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A few minor systems bring isolated shower chances Saturday and Sunday with a better chance of showers Tuesday night.
College of DuPage

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