Brandon Weatherz: Warmer days ahead

Our Monday features a morning round of rain for east central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin that gradually pulls to the south. Unfortunately, this round doesn’t reach the Twin Ports or north. Cloud cover exits to the south with that system today with sun breaking out. Highs stay near 70 in Wisconsin areas that keep the clouds longer while we warm to mid-70s for much of northern Minnesota. We stay in low 70s in the Twin Ports with an east wind. There is a high risk for rip currents with a Beach Hazards Statement in effect until 10 pm on Lake Superior.

Tonight is cool and clear with lows ranging from low 40s to low 50s, then southwest winds kick in to push highs back into low to mid-80s on Tuesday. Summer heat lingers Wednesday before a cold front passes. We’ll look ahead of that front for potentially severe storms Wednesday in the late afternoon and evening with large hail and damaging winds as the main hazards.

Behind that front, highs are briefly knocked down to the 70s on Thursday. 80s return on Friday, and by Saturday, 90 is possible in the warm areas. A cold front passes Saturday night into Sunday to bring slight relief from the heat, but the weather pattern looks to keep temperatures above average well into next week.

Today: Morning clouds, afternoon sun. High 72. E wind 5-15 mph.

Tonight: Clear. low 50. SW wind 2-8 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 83. SW wind 10-15 mph.

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy. Low 61. SW wind 5-15 mph.

Wednesday: Increasing clouds and windy. Potentially severe thunderstorms in the evening. High 84. SSW wind 15-20 mph. Chance of rain: 30%.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 75. NW wind 10-20 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 83. S wind 10-15 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 86. NW wind 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 80. E wind 5-15 mph.