Comfortable week coming

An enjoyable week of temperatures ahead.

A blue late summer sky over the Weather Lab Monday.
A deep blue late-summer sky.
Paul Huttner | MPR News 2021

Sunday has been a fine day to wrap up a September weekend. Afternoon temperatures were in the pleasant 60s and 70s statewide except got some cooler spots along the North Shore.

The Twin Cities enjoyed three consecutive days with highs in the 70s Friday through Sunday, something we haven’t seen much of this year. 

There have been isolated light showers in parts of northern Minnesota, the southern edge of Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. 

A map of Minnesota and Wisconsin
Courtesy of National Weather Service

Comfortable temperatures

Monday and Tuesday will be cooler days with temperatures a bit below normal for the dates. Highs on Monday will range from the low 60s in the northeast to the low 70s in the southwest.

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The Twin Cities should reach about 70. Tuesday seems likely to bring highs mostly in the 60s with some 50s in the northeast. 

Frost to the north early Wednesday 

Wednesday morning will be the chilliest time this week. Patchy frost is possible in northern and central Minnesota. 

Then turning warmer 

A cool Wednesday will quickly give way to warmer-than-normal temperatures from Thursday through next weekend. 

A heat map
Courtesy of NOAA Weather Prediction Center

Significant rain not likely for the next week 

Minnesota certainly needs widespread soaking rain. My rain gauge in Minneapolis has not picked up any measurable rain (one one-hundredth of an inch or more) over the past 25 days. Unfortunately, the upcoming week looks mostly dry, with few exceptions. 

A weak disturbance will kick off scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm or two across northern and central Minnesota on Monday. Other isolated light showers are possible in eastern and southern parts Monday night into Tuesday. 

Drought-busting rain just doesn’t seem to be in Minnesota’s outlook. The 7-day cumulative rainfall forecast through 7 p.m. next Sunday indicates minimal rainfalls likely for the state over the next week. 

Storm clouds of a map
Courtesy of NOAA Climate Prediction Center