Quiet, comfortable weather for the upcoming week

Sprawling high pressure centered over Minnesota has treated us to a lovely August Sunday from border to border.

Forecast weather map for Sunday evening
Forecast weather map for Sunday evening
NOAA Weather Prediction Center

Morning fog in many areas gave way to sunshine, which in turn gave way to decorative fair weather cumulus clouds. Temperatures have been comfortable and dew points have dropped slightly.

Seasonable temperatures all week

The upcoming week will have little weather drama. Temperatures will be about normal for late August. High temperatures should be mainly in the 70s to low and mid 80s.

Monday will lead the way with patchy morning fog and afternoon highs from the upper 70s to the low to mid 80s. The Twin Cities should have a morning low around 60 and an afternoon high near 83.

Temperatures are likely to dip a bit on Thursday behind a weak cold front.

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Forecast high temperatures Thursday
Forecast high temperatures Thursday
NOAA Weather Prediction Center

Scant rainfall prospects

No major weather systems are headed our way. Much of the area needs rain, but showers this week will be scant.

A scattering of showers and thunderstorms is likely across northeastern Minnesota Monday afternoon and evening. Wednesday brings a better chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

Note that the word “scattered” means that many of us might not get any rain at all. The 5-day precipitation forecast calls for rainfalls of around a quarter inch or less for mainly eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin while even less rain is likely in western parts of Minnesota.

Five-day rainfall forecast through 7 p.m. Friday
Five-day rainfall forecast through 7 p.m. Friday
NOAA Weather Prediction Center

Better chances of rain next weekend and beyond

The long-range forecast brings in a better chance of rain for more of the area next weekend and into the following week.