A pleasant, sun-splashed weekend

Comfortable dew points

We aren’t expecting any real weather drama today or Sunday.

A ridge of high pressure aloft and surface high pressure system to our east will give us dry weather in Minnesota and western Wisconsin today and Sunday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the surface pressure pattern and the potential rain pattern from noon Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday:

Simulated radar from noon Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

The upper-level ridging breaks down a bit on Monday and the surface high-pressure system will shift slightly eastward. Those events will allow a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms to enter western Minnesota on Memorial Day.

You can find updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the MPR News network

Weekend temps

The average May 27 Twin Cities high temperature is 73 degrees. Metro area highs are expected to be in the lower 80s today.

Much of Minnesota will have Saturday highs in the lower 80s, with mainly 70s in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Parts of west-central Minnesota and far northwestern Minnesota will reach the mid to upper 80s.

Similar highs are expected in most areas on Sunday, but southwestern Minnesota will see their highs creep into the upper 80s:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Weather nugget:

In the past 52 years, the warmest Twin Cities high temperature on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend was 94 degrees in 2018.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.