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A very wet week ahead with much cooler temperatures for Minnesota

Bouts of heavy rain are possible Monday-Wednesday.

Make no mistake, it's going to be a wet week across much of Minnesota, and it all starts Monday when two rounds of storms are expected. 

For starters, scattered storms are expected to develop south of I-94 Monday afternoon and then spread east. These storms will be scattered in nature, but more widespread showers and storms are expected after dark and some of them could produce large hail. 

Severe weather is possible on Monday, but the threat is pretty low. Areas with the best chance of getting large hail and perhaps some gusty winds are in the southern third of the state. 

Again, Monday will be the first of many rounds of heavy rain chances this week. The Weather Prediction Center has placed portions of southern Minnesota in a slight risk for excessive rainfall (which could produce flooding) for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Temperature-wise, Monday will still be hot in far southern Minnesota with temps rising into the mid-to-upper 80s, but the northern two-thirds of the state will only be in the 70s. 

The high temp in the Twin Cities on Monday is forecast to top out around 80. 

After Monday, temps stay cooler with each day through the upcoming weekend projected to barely crack 70 degrees, and beyond that it looks like more of the same cool weather for the rest of the month. 

Remember, Saturday is the first day of fall. We don't change our clocks (fall back an hour) until the first Sunday in November. 

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