The southern third of Minnesota is in line for some much-needed rain on Monday, and then a big warmup is possible just in time for the start of the Minnesota State Fair.
Starting with the wet weather, rain fell across west-central Minnesota on Sunday and more is expected throughout the day Monday as a storm system swirls its way through the region.
Central, west-central and southern Minnesota are in line for upwards of a half to one inch, with isolated areas picking up even more. In fact, storms that are ongoing in west-central Minnesota have already dumped upwards of 2-3 inches in some locations.
The Twin Cities is not expected to get in on as much of the rain, with the forecast keeping the bulk of it west and south of the metro.
Sunday marked the 15th consecutive day without measurable precipitation in the Twin Cities, which ranks as the third-longest streak of August-only days without measurable rainfall, according to the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service. The record is 22 straight days set in 2013, and the streak reached 16 days in 1969 and 1945.
The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday (Aug. 24), and like magic, here comes the heat.
Monday morning's forecast discussion from the NWS Twin Cities says heat will build in over the upcoming weekend, with temps rising back into the 80s and even some 90s possible to begin next week.