The heat is looming as we head into the weekend
As showers and persistent isolated storms in eastern Minnesota end Tuesday night, the state is once again heading into a much drier pattern and the heat returns this weekend.
Tuesday evening and Wednesday
The lower pressure trough that had influenced the Minnesota weather since Saturday finally shifted east on Tuesday, bringing with it most of the recent wetter weather. Behind this area of instability, a few sporadic showers and thunderstorms persisted on Tuesday, mostly in eastern Minnesota, but all remaining precipitation is expected to end by late evening, after the heat of the day.
Under dry and mostly clear skies overnight, temperatures will drop to the 50s in the north and 60s in the south by Wednesday morning.
Northern Minnesota may experience a few isolated showers or storms Wednesday afternoon, but otherwise the state slips back to a much drier regime, which also includes lower humidity with dew points in the 1950s.
The skies remain mostly sunny on Wednesday, allowing the peaks of much of the state to reach the mid to high 80s.
Hot by the holidays
An easterly flow cools the Arrowhead in the ’70s Thursday and Friday and causes the rest of eastern Minnesota to drop a few degrees in the lower’ 80s.
However, a higher pressure ridge is starting to form over the northern plains, which will bring warmer weather back to western Minnesota already on Thursday and Friday, with a few points likely to reach 90.
The whole state falls under that warmer pattern by the weekend, with most of Minnesota in the ’80s and’ 90s through Monday.
Here is the forecast for the Twin Cities:
It seems likely that Minnesota will also experience above-average temperatures for most of next week.
Drier weather also prevails, and this combination of hot and dry weather will continue to exacerbate Minnesota’s drought conditions. The next chance for statewide rain could come next Monday.
We will keep you posted on this possibility as we get closer to next week.
You can hear my weather updates live on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 am Monday through Friday morning.
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