Cooler temps – and maybe rain – hit Minnesota this weekend


Most Minnesotans will get a chillier – perhaps rainy – taste of fall this weekend, forecasters say.

There's a chance of rain after 1 p.m. Saturday in the Twin Cities, with showers likely – 70 percent – before 1 a.m., the National Weather Service says. Expect a low of 55 degrees Saturday.

Some areas, mostly south of the metro, could get between a quarter and a half-inch of rain, forecasters say. Rain is likely to march across the state's mid-section, WCCO reports.

High temperatures will be in the 70s in most of the state Saturday, but in the 60s on Sunday. Expect it to warm up from there next week, with some highs in the low 80s by mid-week, forecasters say.

On Friday morning, it dipped into the high 20s in northeastern Minnesota, the Duluth News Tribune reports. The kick-off temperature for Friday-night football in the metro will be 67 degrees, WCCO reports.

Rainy days have been few and far between lately – there's only been five since July 1, and the state is 4 inches below normal precipitation since July 1, KARE 11 reports.

More than half of Minnesota is in a moderate drought.

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Wow. Check out the forecast from the National Weather Service. A big bubble of warm air extending into parts northern Minnesota will mean high temperatures in the 70s, which could certainly break records.