Below-normal temps Thursday; rain showers Friday

Temperatures will be about 5 to 10 degrees below normal Thursday

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Forecast high temperatures Thursday
National Weather Service

Expect lighter winds and an even cooler day Thursday. Highs will range from the low 60s south to 50s north but with lots of sunshine. Scattered rain showers develop for Friday into Friday night.

Coolest morning in months for many

The temperature dropped to 47 degrees in the Twin Cities early Thursday morning. It was the first morning below 50 since May 27. It ends a streak of 118 consecutive nights at or above the 50-degree mark.

It’s the fourth-longest stretch. Of the top 10 longest streaks, 8 of them are just since the year 2000.

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Consecutive nights at 50 degrees or warmer in the Twin Cities
Sven Sundgaard, National Weather Service data

Northern Minnesota saw temps in the 30s for many spots but there it’s been colder this month already. The patchy clouds and wind kept most northern Minnesota spots from hitting the freezing mark.

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7 a.m. temperatures Thursday
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Pivotal Weather

Of course, the temperatures were much cooler than Wednesday morning across the region.

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24 hour change in temperature
NOAA, via Pivotal Weather

High temperatures Thursday will be cool, ranging from the low 60s south to just 50s north. The normal high is mainly in the mid to 60s to 70. Two-thirds of the days of September so far have been above normal for temperature.

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Showers kick off the weekend then gradually brighter

Showers will develop late Thursday night into western Minnesota and spread east Friday.

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Forecast precipitation 1 a.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday
College of DuPage

Don’t look for a lot of rainfall. Most of the rain will be light and scattered in nature Friday.

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Forecast total precipitation through Saturday
NOAA, via Pivotal Weather

Saturday will yield lingering clouds and a few showers early. We should see a little more sunshine by afternoon.

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Forecast cloud cover midday Saturday
National Weather Service

Sunday will be the brighter day. Both days will see high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s, still a bit below normal.

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Forecast cloud cover midday Sunday
National Weather Service