Brandon Weatherz: Quiet and cooler today, warmth and storms return tomorrow

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Enjoy a quiet and comfortable first day of August before warmth and storms return to the region tomorrow. A breezy northwest wind drives cooler air into the region today with highs in the 70s under partly cloudy skies. Warmer air moves in ahead of the next system overnight with a chances for showers and thunderstorms after midnight, particularly north of the Twin Ports. A low chance lingers through the day Tuesday with a better chance of storms in the evening. Heavy rain will be possible. Hail and damaging winds will also be concerns, primarily for east central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. A few showers linger early Wednesday morning, then we enter a drier stretch behind that system until rain chances returns on Saturday.

Today’s relief from above normal temperatures will be brief. Tuesday’s highs will be mostly in the 80s with 90 possible from Brainerd to Siren. Cooler conditions will be directed along the North Shore by a southeast wind. Wednesday will feature cooler air moving into the region with highs near 70 near International Falls. Meanwhile, the Twin Ports will still rise near 80, and mid-80s reach across northwest Wisconsin. Thursday will be rather seasonable, but another surge of warmth arrives Friday.

Today: Partly cloudy, breezy and cooler. High 74. NW wind 10-15 mph G 25.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Slight chance for showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. Low 58. S wind 2-8 mph.

Tuesday: Chance for showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then again in the evening. Partly cloudy. High 80. SE wind 5-15 mph.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 81. W wind 10-20 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 76. E wind 5-10 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 82. S wind 10-15 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 79. W wind 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 76. NE wind 5-10 mph.