Scattered showers into Saturday evening; windblown Sunday

Numerous widely scattered showers dotting Minnesota’s skies this Saturday afternoon and evening will do little to alleviate our drought.

Weather radar 5 p.m. Saturday
Weather radar 5 p.m. Saturday
National Weather Service

Afternoon high temperatures have been mostly a mixture of 50s and 60s with some low 70s in the south.

Dry streak begins Sunday

Sunday will be the first of a string of rain-free days through most of next week for much of the state. Scattered showers will pop over the northeast on Sunday, but much of Minnesota will have a mostly sunny, dry day. High temperatures will be mainly in the 60s. The Twin Cities should get to about 67. The northeast might hold in the upper 50s due to the showers.

Major wind on Sunday

A tightened pressure gradient and good vertical mixing due to heating will pump up our winds on Sunday. A strong northwest wind will gust over 30 mph by the afternoon. Some gusts might exceed 40 mph in open areas.

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Frost next week?

Temperatures will cool a bit on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Widespread frost is possible Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Then look for moderating temperatures Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Updated forecast high temperatures next Saturday
Updated forecast high temperatures next Saturday
NOAA Weather Prediction Center

Tropical Storm Ian

The Atlantic hurricane season got our attention this past week as Hurricane Fiona roared through Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Bermuda. Fiona is now a Post-Tropical Storm soaking and wind-blasting the Canadian Maritimes:

Atlantic storms Saturday afternoon
Atlantic storms Saturday afternoon
NOAA National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Ian, currently over the Caribbean Sea, is next on the agenda. Ian will strengthen to become a major hurricane on its way past the western tip of Cuba and then generally toward western Florida around the Tuesday-Wednesday time frame.

Tropical Storm Ian - updated track
Tropical Storm Ian - updated track
NOAA National Hurricane Center