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Say goodbye to one of the wettest Mays on record in Minnesota


Although it will end with sunny weather this weekend, May has been a wet month for much of Minnesota.

According to MPR, Minnesota experienced its fifth consecutive wetter-than-average May – and in some parts of West-Central Minnesota there was actually record-breaking levels of rainfall.

Rain levels of 7 to 9 inches has been recorded in certain areas of the state – more than twice normal levels for this time of year – and this has gone some way to wiping out much of the drought across the state following an abnormally dry winter.

Just two weeks ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor said that 92 percent of Minnesota was in "moderate drought," but this has since fallen to just under 25 percent.

Much of the Twin Cities metro area is still in moderate drought, and more is still needed across the state as we head towards summer, with 87.5 percent of the state considered "abnormally dry."

One of wettest Mays on record

In his Weather Talk column for the University of Minnesota, meteorologist Mark Seeley has said this May will probably rank among the top 15 wettest in the state's history.

He notes that some weather stations recorded its highest ever daily levels of rainfall, including 2.4 inches at Minneota on May 10, 2.25 at Madison and 2.22 inches at Wheaton on May 11, 3.22 inches at Morris and 3.65 inches at Lake Wilson on May 17.

Weather stations with the highest rainfall totals in May include:

7.03" at Moorhead
7.02" at Cass Lake
7.19" at Park Rapids
7.01" at Montevideo
8.41" at Ottertail
7.31" at Morris
6.05" at Collegeville
6.50" at Brainerd
6.68" at Lake Wilson

Dry but cool weekend, warm and storms to follow

Many Minnesotans will get a respite from the rain for few days, but temperatures will be below average.

Accuweather says it will be "downright chilly" in the Twin Cities at certain times during the weekend, with daytime highs only reaching the mid-60s, while the National Weather Service says there could even be some overnight frost in the north of the state.

But reports that temperatures will start to rise in midweek, hitting the mid-70s and even 80s as the week unfolds.

This will also bring the return of the rain, with thunderstorms predicted in areas of Minnesota between Wednesday and Friday.

It will be colder up north, with forecasts for Duluth of temperatures in the low 50s this weekend, rising to the mid-60s by the week's end.

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