Sunny, dry Sunday; rain chances later next week

Saturday has brought widespread clouds as well as smoky wildfire haze to the Minnesota skies. But morning fog broke up quickly and temperatures have been comfortable. Mid-afternoon temperatures were in the 60s across northern and central areas while southern parts reached mainly the low 70s. There have been some isolated here-and-there quick showers in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Isolated showers have been trying to form west of the Twin Cities in Carver, McLeod and Wright Counties but have not been very successful. Any showers will wilt during the evening.

Composite weather radar at 5 p.m. Saturday
Composite weather radar at 5 p.m. Saturday
National Weather Service

Bright, beautiful Sunday

Sunday looks to be a fine day. Some morning fog is possible, mainly in Wisconsin, but drier air over Minnesota should lead to less fog than we had Saturday morning. Sunny skies will prevail. Afternoon high temperatures should range from the low 60s north to the low 70s in the Twin Cities and the south. Winds will be light.

Warmup next week

Warmer temperatures will begin to build into the state on Monday with highs from the low 70s to low 80s. Tuesday and Wednesday will likely be the warmest days of the week with highs from the mid 70s to mid 80s.

High temperatures forecast for Wednesday
High temperatures forecast for Wednesday
NOAA Weaather Prediction Center

Rain chances later next week

An unsettled weather pattern from the west will bring us several chances of rain later next week. Areas of rain will probably begin to reach Minnesota on Wednesday and spread scatterings of showers around the state into next weekend.

Forecasting rainfall amounts so far in advance, especially in a drought, is fraught with peril. But the 6-10 day precipitation outlook for September 22-26 shows hope of at least some meaningful rainfalls late next week and possibly beyond.

6-10 day precipitation forecast September 22-26
6-10 day precipitation forecast September 22-26
NOAA Climate Prediction Center
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