Near perfect weather carries into the long holiday weekend

Published: May. 25, 2023 at 7:34 PM CDT|Updated: May. 26, 2023 at 11:00 AM CDT
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Plenty of sunshine will be in store for the afternoon, continuing the dry trend that we’ve seen over the last few days. Air near the surface is also very dry, with dew points in the 30s and 40s for today. That being said, some lawns around the area, especially those exposed to prolonged sunshine throughout the day, may need to be watered! Temperatures today will remain on the mild side as we climb to the upper 70s by this afternoon. While tonight has a mainly clear sky, it will be another chilly one, though not quite as cool as we saw this morning. That being said, temperatures are expected to dip to the mid 40s, with upper 30s possible in our lower elevations.

High pressure builds and holds firm over the Great Lakes
High pressure builds and holds firm over the Great Lakes(weau)

Looking at the upper level pattern this weekend, a ridge will build overhead while slowly moving eastward. This will sit atop a cut-off low over the southeastern states where a cooler and wet weekend is shaping up. The pattern does look to gradually break down by early next week, but as it does, forecast models depict another building upper ridge across the Northern Plains which would allow for summer-like temperatures to continue with even further warming. All this spells out very quiet weather for us locally. Expect plenty of sunshine Saturday through Memorial Day, with low humidity and highs gradually rising back into the 80s. By next Tuesday southerly flow will bring more moisture northward, so dew points will be increasing through the 50s and perhaps the 60s by the middle of next week. This will combine with very warm temperatures, making for that summer feel. Timing the next front is days out, but we should start to see at least small chances of showers and thunderstorms arrive by next Wednesday and Thursday. After all this warm and dry weather, we will certainly need the rainfall, with watering needs increasing as each day passes.