Heat to be accompanied by cold front, thunderstorms
Some very spotty showers moved across Minnesota on Thursday. The majority of the rain moved across parts of northern Minnesota. Temperatures were warm on Thursday with highs in the 80s for most of the region. However, there was a big contrast between northern Minnesota and southern Minnesota. Park Rapids hit 77 degrees for a high on Thursday, but Madison soared to 95 degrees. That shattered the old record for that community of 89 degrees set in 1998.
For Thursday night, some lingering showers were possible across northeastern Minnesota as a weak upper-level low impacted that part of the state. The rest of the area saw a quiet night with lows in the 50s and 60s. The winds backdown after 7 pm as a wind advisory came to an end.
Friday, it was very warm and humid once again with highs in the 80s and 90s. Record high temperatures were possible for some locations. The winds were breezy out of the east at 20-30 mph. The winds gradually became westerly by the afternoon as a cold front pushed through the state.
Showers and thunderstorms will became likely for Friday night into Saturday. Some spots had the chance of these cells producing large hail and strong winds along with brief heavy downpours.
Drier air will return by later in the day on Sunday. There is a chance of some lingering rain mainly early in the day, but it looks like most of it will be across east central Minnesota.
A drier pattern will return for late Sunday, Monday, and most of Tuesday before rain chances push through again Tuesday night into Wednesday. Temperatures will be more seasonal for next week with highs in the low to mid 70s likely during that period.
Have a great rest of the weekend.
On this date in 1967 Park Rapids had a record low of 24 degrees as a cold front impacted the state!
The warmest temperature ever reported in the state of Minnesota is 114 degrees!
Minnesota at a glance
Moorhead: Low 52; High 67.
Duluth: Low 52; High 66.
Park Rapids: Low 52; High 68.
Twin Cities: Low 56; High 73.
Rochester: Low 54; High 72.
Marshall: Low 54; High 70.
Variable cloudiness, chance of lingering rain mainly early. High 68 Low 46 Winds: W/'NW 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.10". Sunrise: 5:46 a.m. Sunset: 8:53 p.m. Normal high: 69; Normal low: 47.
Drier air will start working its way back into Minnesota with quiet conditions late Sunday into Monday projected.
Partly cloudy. High 74; Low 52. Winds: NE/E 10-15 mph. Precipitation: None.
Partly cloudy, 20 percent chance of showers late. High 76; Low 55. Winds: E/SE 10-15 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.20".