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Say goodbye to the 70s; rain, cooler weather for the week

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We've been enjoying some unusually warm weather for almost a week here in Minnesota, but it's going to be more seasonal for the next several days. We'll see some rain, followed by temperatures that will be as much as 20 degrees cooler than last week.

A large area of showers was moving across the state late Saturday evening, and the rain is expected to last through most of Sunday, according to KARE 11 meteorologist Laura Betker.

We're not expecting to see any severe weather with this system, just a good soaking rain, according to Betker, with rain totals from one-half to one inch across much of Minnesota. The showers are likely to last through Monday and Tuesday.

We probably won't see the sun again until Wednesday.

So far this month, temperatures have been about 5 degrees warmer than average in the Twin Cities and most of Minnesota, and about 10 degrees warmer than last April, according to MPR's Updraft blog.

But all that changes in a couple of days.

High temperatures on Sunday will be around 60, but cooler air is moving in from the northwest that will make those 70s a distant memory.

We'll see highs only in the upper 40s beginning Monday and lasting for most of the week, and lows will be in the low 30s.

The rain is welcome since much of the state is suffering from drought conditions. But the added moisture won't do much to reduce the danger of wildfires, since Minnesota has been abnormally dry since last October.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart tells Northland’s NewsCenter  soil moisture is 40 percent below normal for this time of year – more than four inches shy of the customary 11.5.

The dry conditions have also delayed new spring growth by about three weeks. The new green growth usually reduces the risk of fires.

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