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A stellar Tuesday; increasing rain chances are ahead this week

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A bright and beautiful Tuesday

We're enjoying a spectacular, cloud free day across the region thanks to a strong area of high pressure that is gliding through the Upper Mississippi Valley in the wake of Monday's cold front. Expect sunshine throughout the remainder of our Tuesday and plenty of blue in the sky overhead. High temperatures will be in the lower 80s with light southwest winds and fairly comfortable humidity levels.

Perseid meteor shower peak tonight

We'll have ideal viewing conditions tonight for the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The best time for viewing will be around 2:00 AM and it's best to lie down and look straight up toward the stars to get the best angle for meteor watching. We're expecting 50 to 100 meteors per hour overnight as the Earth passes through the debris of comet Swift-Tuttle.

Few midweek showers and thunderstorms

Warm, slightly more humid air will begin to build northward into the area for the middle part of the week while small atmospheric disturbances slide in from the west to trigger isolated showers and thunderstorms for the next couple of days, mainly in the afternoon hours. High temperatures will be in the lower 80s with a moderate south breeze over the next couple of days.

Humid with more late week storms

Showers and thunderstorms will be a bit more widespread in the area Friday and Saturday as a storm system and its associated cold front push through the Upper Mississippi Valley. High temperatures will be in the lower 80s with heavier humidity in the atmosphere.

September-like weather returns late in the weekend

Cooler, drier, less humid air will blow into the region for Sunday in the wake of Saturday's cold front. Strong Canadian high pressure will settle into the area for most of the upcoming work week, bringing mild sunshine for potentially several days. High temperatures from Sunday through the heart of next week will be in the 70s with overnight lows in the 40s and 50s.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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