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Sunny, Slightly Breezy Saturday

A brilliant, sunny Saturday is expected as we start the extended holiday weekend here in the Twin Cities. Morning temperatures will start off in the mid-50s, climbing to around 80F for a high. Winds will be slightly breezy, out of the south to southeast at 5-15 mph with occasional gusts to 20 mph.

No real weather concerns statewide on Saturday, as temperatures climb into the 70s and 80s for most locations under lots of sunshine. The coolest conditions will be along the North Shore, where lake influence will keep temperatures in the 60s.

We will also be watching breezy conditions on Saturday across the state - out of the south to southeast direction. The strongest winds will be in northwestern Minnesota, where wind gusts will approach 35-40 mph near the Red River Valley. Wind gusts to around 20 mph can be expected in the metro.


Gorgeous Memorial Day Weekend Weather

As we break down the rest of the extended Memorial Day holiday weekend:

  • Sunday: A few more clouds look to sneak in - especially across eastern Minnesota and Wisconsin - throughout the day, so we'll call it filtered sunshine. Highs will top off in the low 80s once again with southeast winds in the 5-10-ish mph range.
  • Memorial Day Monday: Anticipated to be the warmest of the holiday weekend with highs in the mid-80s. More sun than clouds is expected.

Taking a look at Memorial Day Monday, nice but breezy weather is anticipated throughout the day with lots of sunshine. Morning temperatures will start off in the mid-60s, climbing to the mid-80s shown above for highs. Winds will be out of the south to southeast at 10-15 mph.


Below Average Rainfall For May

Despite the heavy rain that fell earlier this month across portions of southern Minnesota and the Minnesota River Valley, the rest of the state has been fairly dry for the month. We're running over an inch and a half below average so far for May in the Twin Cities, but St. Cloud is over 2" below average. If the month were to end right now, we'd be sitting at the 19th driest May on record.

Potential Rain Through The End Of May

The good news is that it looks like we should see some rain as we head into next Tuesday and Wednesday across the state. However, it doesn't look like the longer soaking that we need - more than likely afternoon storm activity that'll be hit and miss. Some areas that see multiple rounds of storms to our north could see over a half an inch. Meanwhile, depending on where that rain sets up, under a quarter inch is certainly possible in the Twin Cities. Including this year's May total already in the rankings, the 30th driest May on record is currently 1.91" - so we are potentially looking at a top 20-30 driest May if MSP doesn't end up with a downpour to end the month.


Near 90F Next Week?

Along with some rain chances Tuesday through the end of next week, we could also see the first 90F of the year in the metro. The best chance of this occurring is likely in the Tuesday through Thursday timeframe. Across the entire Twin Cities record (back to 1873), the average first 90F has occurred on June 9th. Over the past 30 years (1993-2022), it has occurred on May 29th.


Gorgeous Holiday Weekend, But We Need Some Rain
By D.J. Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas

I just got back from a pre-holiday trip to the North Shore - one way to avoid holiday travelers! My partner and I hiked Ely's Point, paddleboarded Lake Superior on the only calm lake day, watched waves, and hunted for agates - a nice break from the rat race of everyday life.

As the gentleman at the bookstore in Two Harbors told me: we could use some rain. Despite the abundance of snow last winter, most of central and northern Minnesota is 1-2"+ below average rainfall-wise for May. With no rain forecasted until Tuesday, it'll be at least 11 straight days without rain at MSP and it could go down as a top 20-30 driest May. Due to the recent and forecasted drier-than-average weather into early June, there are concerns that drought could quickly develop across the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, over the next few weeks.

A gorgeous Memorial Day weekend is on tap, with highs in the low to mid-80s and plenty of sunshine for the unofficial start of summer. Speaking of summer, our first 90F of the year could be possible next week.


D.J.'s Extended Twin Cities Forecast

SATURDAY: Sunny and a little breezy. Wake up 55. High 80. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind SE 5-15 mph.

SUNDAY: Some faded sun across eastern MN. Wake up 56. High 81. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.

MONDAY: No holiday weather complaints! Wake up 60. High 85. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind S 10-15 mph.

TUESDAY: A few afternoon rumbles. Wake up 65. High 88. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind S 10-15 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Some scattered storms. Warm & sticky. Wake up 67. High 89. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind S 10-15 mph.

THURSDAY: More isolated storms for June 1st. Wake up 67. High 88. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind S 5-15 mph.

FRIDAY: Spotty PM storm chance continues. Wake up 68. High 86. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind SE 5-15 mph.


Minneapolis Weather Almanac And Sun Data
May 27th

*Length Of Day: 15 hours, 14 minutes, and 53 seconds
*Daylight GAINED Since Yesterday: 1 minute and 43 seconds

*Most Sunlight In A Day: June 21st (15 hours, 36 minutes, 51 seconds)
*Earliest Sunrises Of The Year: June 13th-17th (5:25 AM)
*Earliest Sunsets Of The Year: June 21st-July 2nd (9:03 PM)

This Day in Weather History
May 27th

1930: The Great Empire Builder Tornado occurs. A direct hit derails a famous train in Norman County.


National Weather Forecast

As we head into Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend, the main story will be an area of low pressure near the Southeast Atlantic Coast. While this area of low pressure has a low chance of becoming a tropical system, it will bring heavy rain to the Mid-Atlantic, especially in some coastal areas. Otherwise, scattered showers and storms will be possible from the Northwest to the Plains, and in the Plains a few storms could be strong. Meanwhile, we'll start the morning off with record-warm lows in the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast.

Through Sunday, the heaviest rain will fall in portions of the Mid-Atlantic (particularly North and South Carolina), where at least 3-6" of rain could fall. Some scattered reports of flooding will be possible. Portions of the Plains could also see 1-3" of rain through the first two days of the extended holiday weekend.

As we head into Sunday and Memorial Day Monday, most of the same areas (Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, and Plains) that see rain chances Saturday will continue to see at least scattered shower and storm chances.


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- D.J. Kayser