Brandon Weatherz: Sunny and cooler today, clouds return Friday

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Our Thursday begins cooler with early morning temps in 40s and 50s. Temperatures climb into the mid-70s for inland areas while an east wind keeps shoreline communities closer to 70. An area of high pressure is responsible for one final sunny day before the region’s dry streak is broken. Clouds build from the west overnight with rain reaching from northwest Minnesota to east central Minnesota. This band will gradually weaken as it moves east through the morning and into the afternoon, trying to graze the Head of Lake Superior. Additional showers may develop Friday evening and overnight, then rain moves east early Saturday morning.

The clouds and rain chances will keep temps on the cooler side Friday with highs in upper 60s to low 70s. Seasonable temps return over the weekend along with generally drier conditions. A slightly unsettled weather pattern and afternoon instability will bring the potential for isolated showers rather consistently through the start of next week, but the next widespread chance of rain doesn’t arrive until Wednesday into Thursday. Now that an east wind has developed, we’ll continue to look by the lake for slightly cooler conditions for much of the forecast period.

Today: Mostly sunny. High 72. E wind 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy. Low 55. E wind 2-8 mph.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a few light rain showers possible. High 70. SE wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 30%

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 75. E wind 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 75. E wind 5-10 mph.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms. High 72. E wind 5-15 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 73. E wind 5-15 mph.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms. High 74. SE wind 5-10 mph.