The warm, summer-like weather we enjoyed Wednesday looks to hang around for today with the prospect of sunshine and 80 degree warmth across the area. This balmy weather comes our way despite some early morning thunderstorms that have been ignited by a cold front that moved through the Upper Mississippi Valley today. Look for bright, warm sunshine through the afternoon with high temperatures in the lower 80s and just a slight chance for a stray shower or thunderstorm, especially along and south of the Minnesota-Iowa border, closer to that cold front.
A few isolated thunderstorms may also develop in the evening along and north of that front with large hail possible in some of those storms, but the better chances for thunderstorms will be later tonight. Low temperatures overnight will be more seasonable with lower 50s expected in most spots.
Friday looks cooler and much more unsettled with thicker clouds around most of the day as a storm system from the southwest slides into the region. There will be a some scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning and perhaps a lull in the midday before activity becomes more widespread later in the evening. The greatest risk for strong thunderstorms will be toward the late afternoon and evening with large hail and damaging winds possible and heavy rain will become a concern by later in our Friday night. High temperatures tomorrow will only be around 60 degrees thanks to those showers and a brisk easterly breeze.
The weekend is looking a bit wetter for us with clouds likely hanging around the entire time and periods of rain possible as well as some thunder. Heavy rainfall will be possible at least through Saturday with an inch or two of rainfall expected and high temperatures will again only be in the lower 60s, about ten degrees below the seasonal average.
Rain chances next week will be mainly confined to Tuesday and Wednesday with high temperatures only in the low to mid 60s early in the week with 70s most likely holding off until next Thursday and Friday.