Warmer Sunday, then temps retreat a bit on Monday

Sunday thunder chance in northern Minn. and northwestern Wis.

Saturday afternoon at Lake Harriet, in Minneapolis
Ron Trenda/MPR News

Our Saturday weather was much more comfortable than our weather over the previous 9 days.

Twin Cities metro area temps dropped into the 60s early Saturday morning….our first Twin Cities low temp in the 60s since June 2:

The Saturday afternoon high temp at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 87 degrees. June 2 was the last time that our official Twin Cities high temp was not 90 degrees or warmer.

Our average high temp is just 78 degrees this time of year. Saturday temps in the upper 80s felt fairly comfortable, due to dew points in the 40s. There was about half as much water in the air on Saturday, compared to Friday.

Hot Sunday

Highs return to the 90s in roughly the southern half of Minnesota on Sunday, with mainly 80s to the north and a few 70s near the Canadian border:

Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Dew points will be in the lower 50s in most spots:

Sunday 1 p.m. forecast dew points
National Weather Service

It’ll feel a bit more humid on Sunday, but not muggy.

Sunday will be breezy, with afternoon wind gusts in the 16-24 mph range in many spots:

Sunday 1 p.m. forecast wind gusts
National Weather Service

Forecast gusts are in knots, with 19 knots equal to around 22 mph.

Sunday rain chances?

Parts of northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin could see some scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday and Sunday evening.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential rain pattern for Sunday and Sunday evening:

Simulated radar Sunday and Sunday evening
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio network, and you can see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center shows a marginal risk (shaded dark green on the graphic below) of severe weather in portions of northeastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin Sunday and Sunday night:

Severe weather outlook Sunday and Sunday night
NWS Storm Prediction Center

The Storm Prediction Center will update the Sunday severe weather outlook several times in the next 24 hours.

Temperature trends

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach the upper 80s Monday, then mid 80s Tuesday. We could hit the upper 80s on Wednesday, followed by lower 90s Thursday. It’ll be cooler on Friday, with highs in the lower 80s.

Temperatures next weekend and the following week could average out near normal. The NWS Climate Prediction Center isn’t showing a tendency for above-normal or below-normal temps in Minnesota or Wisconsin from June 20 through June 26:

Temperature outlook June 20 through June 26
NWS Climate Prediction Center

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.

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