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Second-wettest June comes to a close; cooler temperatures midweek

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The second-wettest June on record is coming to a close, and with that comes the first full month of summer, which is expected to start with temperatures well below normal for this time of year.

A cool front is moving into the area, bringing with it northwest winds and dropping temperatures into the 60s and 70s, MPR News' Updraft blog says.

There's a chance for rain for most of the area Tuesday as temperatures cool off. It'll dry out midweek and start to warm up, but after Independence Day the chance of showers and thunderstorms return, the National Weather Service says.

Second-wettest June on record

It rained a lot in June.

The Twin Cities got 11.36 inches of rain this month, making it the wettest June in 140 years and the second wettest on record, according to the National Weather Service.

For other areas of Minnesota, it was the wettest June ever.

Not only was it a very wet month, but it also wasn't very warm – for the first time in 11 years, June will end without reaching 90 degrees.

Water levels recede 

Rain over the weekend worried many flood-weary communities, but thankfully it isn't expected to raise river levels like last week, Updraft notes, and water levels are receding throughout the state.

Harriet Island, which was completely underwater on Friday, just looked extra soggy on Monday:

Although water levels on area lakes and rivers are going down, many of them will still have no wake restrictions for the Fourth of July, FOX 9 reports. The state Department of Natural Resources has been warning for weeks that water levels are dangerously high and fast, which has many saying that only in Minnesota can too much water ruin boating season.

Despite the record rainfall that flooded many Minnesota communities, it hardly affected White Bear Lake, which has been shrinking in recent years as an aquifer sucks it dry, MPR News says. The lake did see a rise in water levels due to the rain, but it's not expected to last, KARE 11 says.

Fourth of July forecast

Here's a glimpse at the forecast around the state for summer's biggest weekend:

Twin Cities: Monday: A 20 percent chance of rain, storms. High around 76. Tuesday: Showers likely after 2 p.m., high near 69. Wednesday: Partly sunny, high near 73. Thursday: Sunny, high near 76. Independence Day: Mostly sunny, high near 78. Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers, storms. High near 78. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers, storms. High near 82.

Brainerd: Monday: Slight chance of showers, storms. Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers, high near 68. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, high near 72. Thursday: Sunny, high near 75. Independence Day: Slight chance of showers, mostly sunny with a high near 76. Saturday: Slight chance of showers, storms. High near 81. Sunday: Chance of showers, storms, high near 84.

Winona:Monday: Periods of showers, storms. High near 77. Tuesday: Chance of showers, storms. High near 74. Wednesday: Chance of showers early, then party sunny with a high near 71. Thursday: Sunny, high near 75. Independence Day: Mostly sunny, high near 78. Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers, storms. High near 77. Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers, storms. Mostly sunny, high near 82.

Moorhead: Monday: Scattered showers, mostly cloudy with a high near 75. Tuesday: Scattered showers, high near 59. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, high near 71. Thursday: Sunny, high near 76. Independence Day: Slight chance of showers, mostly sunny with a high near 80. Saturday: Slight chance of showers, mostly sunny with a high near 84. Sunday: Chance of showers, mostly sunny with a high near 85.

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