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Plan ahead: Memorial Day weekend will be warm – but probably rainy

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The long Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, should be pretty warm.

But you may also have to take a cue from this guy while at your grill.

Yes, expect comfortable temperatures but splashes of rain when finalizing your Memorial Day weekend plans.

Most areas of the state will see some rain – possibly even heavy downfalls and thunderstorms – either on Memorial Day or during the lead-up.

The NOAA is predicting up to a half-inch of rain for the southern half of Minnesota from now until Monday, with up to 0.25 inches for a band just north of that, and maybe 0.1 inches for the northern quarter. Memorial Day itself will likely bring a bit more as well.

And that's not really unusual, for the Twin Cities at least.

A look at the DNR's weather history page shows measurable rain occurs about one-third of the time, or more, throughout the weekend dating back to 1971, when the holiday was formally introduced. If we're considering light sprinkles, then it's at least half the time.

Here's a brief rundown of weekend temps and precipitation forecast for each region.

Twin Cities

Saturday: Cloudy with a high of 68 and a low of 57. At night, a 30 percent chance of showers.

Sunday: A 50/50 chance of thunderstorms throughout the day, before giving away to likely showers in the evening. High of 69.

Monday: A 60 percent chance for rain throughout the day, with a thunderstorm possible. Cloudy with a high of 72. Possible storms at night.

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Saturday: High of 70, low of 49 with a 20 percent chance of showers in the evening.

Sunday: Topping out at 62 degrees and a slight chance of showers early, with the possibility of precipitation increasing to 50 percent by night time.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. A high of 61 and a low of 51, with a chance of showers all day.

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Saturday: A high of 69 and mostly cloudy, before giving way to a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and rain later.

Sunday: Throughout the entire day, a very good (70 percent) chance of thunderstorms. High of 70, low of 57.

Monday: More storms – a 60 percent chance during the day, with a high of 73. Could continue into the evening.

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Saturday: A slight possibility of showers during the day, before rain becomes likely at night. A high of 68, a low of 56.

Sunday: Thunderstorms considered likely throughout the day and night, currently sporting a 60 percent chance. The high and low about the same as Saturday.

Monday: A 70 percent chance of storms and rain during the morning and day time, with a high that'll climb near 71. A slight chance of storms at night, with a low of 56.

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Saturday: A 20-30 percent possibility of rain showers, but not starting until the early afternoon. Temps could hit 69 and bottom out around 53.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers, with a slight possibility of a storm as well. A high of 71.

Monday: Showers are likely throughout the morning and day; cloudy with a high of 70 degrees. The evening could bring showers as well.

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Grand Rapids

Saturday: Likely no rain! Sunny with a high of 71, becoming cloudy and dropping to 47 at night.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers or storms starting at 1 p.m. Those chances go up in the evening. High of 71.

Monday: A high of 68 and a low of 51, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout.

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