A few more warm and dry days before a midweek cool down

Published: May. 21, 2023 at 7:45 PM CDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 11:00 AM CDT
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While we are in the midst of a pattern that favors fair, dry, and mild weather, sunshine will be filtered through the afternoon as we see the return of wildfire smoke from the Canadian wildfires. This comes as our upper-level flow has returned out of the northwest with a ridge out to the west, while a trough hangs out to our east. Temperatures today will still manage to top out above average, reaching the upper 70s with a few locations potentially touching the 80 degree mark. Tonight, a mainly clear sky lingers, at least as far as clouds are concerned, with temperatures dipping to the mid 50s.

High pressure remains to the northeast with warm southerly flow.
High pressure remains to the northeast with warm southerly flow.(weau)

By Tuesday a more pronounced cold front will be dropping out of Canada and across Northern Minnesota. Warm southwest flow out ahead of this will likely push temperatures back into the low 80s for us, along with another mostly sunny and breezy day. It now appears the front will be more of a factor in our weather, pushing farther south than earlier expected. It will have limited moisture, so precipitation chances are low, but it will bring a noticeable cool down for the midweek. Wednesday will be partly to mostly cloudy and breezy with just a slight chance for a shower. Temperatures now look to stay in the 60s for most places. This will make for a few cooler nights again towards the end of the week with lows dropping back into the 40s. A large high pressure system will be dominant Thursday and Friday, returning bright sunshine and some dry air. Temperatures will gradually warm back through the low and mid 70s. As we shift into the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the weather should continue to be dry, at least initially. A few clouds may start to return by Saturday with highs nearing 80. By Sunday a warm front may begin to lift up our way from the southwest, possibly bringing a few showers and storms into the area. Highs will again be close to 80.