In true Minnesota weather fashion, we get a case of weather whiplash. Temps go from 60s to 90s (a 25 degree jump) in just a week's time. This dry stretch of weather has favored local riding as well as those coming into town for the Southside Sprint this Sunday.
This warming trend continues into early next week with a possible 90+ degrees in the forecast by Monday. Chance of rain looks rather hit or miss for now.
Saturday: Afternoon thunderstorms. H: 84 Wind: S 10
Saturday Night: Cloudy. L: 68
Sunday: Evening isolated thunderstorm. H: 88 L: 74 Wind: S 10
Monday: Hot and humid. Thunder late. H: 91 L: 72 Wind: S 10-15
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, a passing shower. H: 90 L: 69 Wind: SW 10-15
Wednesday: Sunny, slightly cooler. H: 83 L: 66 Wind: N 10
Fire in the Sky: Wildfires have been raging across the western U.S. all week. When the winds aloft allow, the Midwest can experience a hazy sky from the western wildfires. The result? Spectacular red and orange sunsets.
The fine particles of smoke suspended in the atmosphere refract and bend the light (even more so when the sun angle is low in the sky). Upper-level wind pattern becomes more zonal (west to east) over the next several days. This will serve as a constant conveyor belt of smoke from the Pacific Northwest into the Midwest. Get the cameras ready...the sunsets are sure to be spectacular.
Severe Weather Slows: Towards the end of summer (July & August), the threat for severe weather tends to decrease. By this time, the jet stream has retreated north of the international boarder and the air aloft begins to warm considerably.
Warmest of the year: Minneapolis/St.Paul hit 90 degrees so far only once this summer. With Monday's forecast of 91 degrees, we just might experience the warmest weather of the year to date.
Summer heat soon fades, however. Cooler weather returns by next weekend.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story