Weather column: A few spotty showers and isolated thunderstorms moved across Minnesota on Monday. Most of the activity stayed across Southern Minnesota.
Very warm and humid conditions impacted much of Minnesota on Tuesday as daytime highs hit the low- to mid-90s across most of state. With dew points in the upper 60s and lower 70s, it certainly felt even warmer. Heat indices reached the mid- to upper-90s across parts of Minnesota. A southerly breeze was responsible for pulling in that warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico.
There is some relief in sight as a cold front will arrive on Wednesday. This will be the focus of a slight risk of severe weather across much of the area. The Storm Prediction Center indicates that the potential exits for severe weather in the late afternoon and early evening.
Daytime highs should cool off into the low- to mid-80s by Wednesday and that trend will likely continue into the weekend. There exists the possibility of some isolated or scattered showers on Friday-Sunday. The winds are also expected to be breezy on Friday and Saturday, so it could be choppy out on area lakes.
Have a great week, but keep an eye on the weather on Wednesday!
Weather history: On this date in 2004 it was cold across Minnesota as temperatures dropped into the 30s across much of the region. Some spots in Northern Minnesota experienced frost on their windshields, off to work in the morning!
Weather fact: More often than not, thunderstorms move from west to east. However, conditions in the atmosphere dictate how and where storms will move, and it can be in any direction. As a result, “tornadoes have been known to act erratic, and can change directions and speed very quickly.”
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 69 High 84
Duluth Low 65 High 82
Central Minn. Low 70 High 84
Twin Cities Low 74 High 88
Rochester Low 74 High 89
Marshall Low 73 High 86
Monday, Aug. 19: Partly cloudy, 40-percent chance of showers/thunderstorms. High 84 Low 59 Winds: W/N 5-10 mph. Prec. Trace-.20”
Monday’s sunrise: 6:28 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 8:19 p.m.
Normal High: 77
Normal Low: 57
Temperatures will remain above average for this time of the year through the weekend with highs generally in the 80s. Heat indices at times will reach the lower 90s.
Thursday: Mostly clear to partly cloudy. High 81 Low 59 Winds: SE 5-10 mph. Prec. None
Friday: Partly cloudy and breezy, 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 81 Low 64 Winds: SE 10-20>25 mph Prec. Trace-30”
Saturday: Partly cloudy, 50-percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 82 Low 66 Winds: S 10-20 Prec. Trace-.30”
Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms late. High 84 Low 64 Wind: E 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20”