Temps over the next week are going to be perfect for chilling outside

Not super hot, not abnormally cold.

So much for the dog days of summer

Minnesota is expected to feel a little cooler than normal for the next week. Not as cold as it was Thursday, but still below average for this time of year.

The average high temp for the first half of August in the Twin Cities is around 81 degrees. While Duluth's average high is in the mid- to upper-70s.

The Climate Prediction Center's 6-10 day outlook has Minnesota and much of the central U.S. with a 70-80 percent chance of seeing temperatures that are below those averages. 

All that blue on the map is a little deceiving, though. Yes, temperatures will likely be colder than they normally are, but not by that much – so it'll still be pretty pleasant. 

The forecast shows temps in the high 70s for the Twin Cities over the next week, while Duluth will be slightly cooler, with temps in the mid-70s. 

Here's the weekend forecast: 

Warming up again in mid-August? 

The chance for some below-normal temps continues through Aug. 17, according to the Climate Prediction Center, although the chance for cooler-than-average weather is lower, around 30-40 percent. 

MPR News' Updraft Blog says one weather model shows things heating up again by Aug. 16, with a high temperature of 87 degrees in the forecast for the Twin Cities. 

Between Aug. 12-25, the Climate Prediction Center shows we have an "equal chance" of seeing above average or below average temps. 

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