Brandon Weatherz: Trending cooler and wetter this weekend

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We trend cooler today, especially near Lake Superior with highs in the mid-70s for shoreline communities and a high closer to 70 immediately by the water. Highs inland are in upper 70s to low 80s for most, with a high near 85 from Brainerd to Siren. It’s a dry day under partly cloudy skies.

The east wind also brings dangerous swimming conditions and a high risk for rip currents. A Beach Hazard Statement is in effect through the day, and it’s possible another one will be needed for our Saturday as the east wind lingers. Highs tomorrow will be in upper 70s to low 80s inland with cooler conditions once again found near Lake Superior.

We finally have some rain on the way this weekend. Shower and thunderstorm chances build across north central Minnesota from the west through Saturday afternoon. A wetter period will be Saturday evening and overnight as rain extends east to the Twin Ports and across northwest Wisconsin. Rain lingers Sunday and gradually moves eastward to exit the Northland by Sunday night.

Heavy rain and high localized totals are possible. A widespread 1-1.5” is expected for much of northern Minnesota. 0.75” to 1” is expected for the Twin Ports and across the North Shore. Accumulation falls looking east into Wisconsin, but around 0.5” is still expected here.

Today: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 75. E wind 10-15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low 57. E 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. High 76. E wind 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow night: Showers arrive in the evening and become a steady rain overnight. Low 60. ENE wind 5-10 mph. Rainfall around a half inch. Chance of rain: 80%

Sunday: A steady rain in the morning, then showers continuing in the afternoon. High 74. NE wind 5-15 mph. Rainfall around a half inch. Chance of rain: 70%.

Monday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 78. NW wind 10-15 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 78. NW wind 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for showers. High 74. W wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 30%

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 73. NW wind 5-10 mph.