The weekend storm continues to affect southern Minnesota Tuesday with clouds and some lingering showers. A big warmup develops later this week into the weekend.
Much of eastern Minnesota saw additional rainfall Monday, some of it rather significant. In fact, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport saw it’s highest rainfall yet in this multi-day rainfall event with 1.9 inches. There were additional areas of 1 to 3 inches of rainfall.
Rainfall totals since Friday now are more than 7 inches in a couple places between Duluth and Two Harbors.
In the Twin Cities area, some places have surpassed 6 inches over the last few days.
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The rainfall total at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport now is up to 3.41 inches since Friday, wiping out about 40 percent of our deficit of more than 8.5 inches since June 1.
Lingering showers Tuesday
We’ll still see lingering showers Tuesday, especially midday and afternoon look for scattered showers to flare again from St. Cloud and the Twin Cities into southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Additional rainfall will generally be much lighter but southeast Minnesota could see some local amounts near 1 inch.
Northern Minnesota will see more sunshine while the clouds hang on for the southern half of the state.
With the sun, northwestern Minnesota will see highs in the low 70s while areas farther south will be cooler, in the mid 60s.
Big warmup for the end of the week
As our slowly moving upper low departs, an upper-level ridge of warmth will build in by the end of the week, pushing temperatures to well above normal levels.
Highs by Friday will be near 80 in southern Minnesota, while the normal high in southern Minnesota is in the mid to upper 60s.
By Sunday we’ll see highs in the mid-80s in southern Minnesota, which is the normal high for mid July.
Weekend high temperatures will average about 10 to 20 degrees above normal and could linger into the first days of October.