Brandon Weatherz: Cool lake breeze returns

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Our unseasonably warm stretch ends today behind a passing a cold front. Relief will be minor for inland areas that still warm into mid-70s to low 80s, but a breezy east wind will keep shoreline communities in the 60s with 50s immediately by Lake Superior. This wind is also responsible for a high risk for rip currents with a Beach Hazards Statement in effect until 9 pm. Drier air will begin to enter the region from the northeast, but muggy conditions linger today in northern Minnesota with dew points in the 60s.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible this morning behind the cold front, mostly along and south of U.S. Hwy 2 from Grand Rapids to the Twin Ports to Ashland. We’ll keep an eye on the Iron Range, Itasca and Koochiching Co. in the afternoon and evening for thunderstorm chances. The Northland will then remain mostly dry through the middle of the week as high pressure holds rain chances to our west. The prolonged dry weather will bring potential for fire weather concerns. The next round of showers would be Friday into Saturday.

Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance for showers, mostly in the morning. High 67. E wind 10-15 mph. Chance of rain: 30%

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low 50. E wind 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 65. E wind 10-15 mph.

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy and breezy. Low 46. E wind 10-15 mph.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 67. E wind 10-15 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 74. SE wind 5-10 mph.

Friday: Partly sunny with a chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 76. SW wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 30%.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance for showers. High 72. NE wind 10-15 mph. Chance fo rain: 30%

Sunday: Sunny. High 70. NE wind 5-10 mph.