August 31, 2016 Updated: 12:30 PM
Hard to believe today marks the final day of meteorological summer. It will certainly be feeling a bit more like fall, but just gorgeous if you have some outdoor activities on the agenda. Temperatures will be staying right around average, in the upper 70s under a clear sky. Winds will be light and from a more northerly direction keeping the cooler and more pleasant air locked in place.
Overall, the next couple of days will be very tranquil and comfortable across most of the region. High pressure is up in Canada but controlling our weather pattern keeping the winds light (and from a mostly northerly direction) and the sky clear. As we head into the first few days of September, expect highs to stay in the 70s, the humidity to be low and more sunshine to dominate the weather. A lovely stretch of days just in time for most kids heading back to school.
Tonight will be clear and cool once again with lows in the low 50s. This means that for some of the little ones heading off to the bus stop for the first time tomorrow, a sweater may come in handy early as it will be a bit crisp tomorrow morning. But, the rest of the day looks lovely with a mostly sunny sky and highs in the mid 70s. Humidity will also be low through the end of the week, bringing that touch of fall feel. On Friday there will be no change, with more sun and highs in the mid 70s.
The holiday weekend will start to show a shift towards warmer and more humid weather, but it will likely be a slow process. Saturday also looks to be a great day as we head into the first weekend of September with more sun and highs in the upper 70s. We will be watching a cold front cross the Plains and slowly move into Minnesota on Sunday. The flow out ahead of this front will bring more moisture into the state, so expect humidity levels to again be on the increase. The timing of the front will have to be watched, but as it stands now we could see a shower or storm work into the area by later Sunday. Chances currently look to be better on Labor Day and into Tuesday as the front will be closer. This system may bring with it a good set up for heavy rainfall and even some stronger storms, so it will be something to monitor in the coming days.
For now, enjoy this lovely stretch of weather as we say goodbye to meteorological summer...
-Meteorologist Monica Ott