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Summer isn't over yet: Sunny, 80 degrees expected for first half of the work week

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If you're not ready for summer weather to be over, don't worry – 80s are expected for the start of the work week.

After a weekend of cool, fall-like weather, Minnesotans will get another taste of summer thanks to a southerly wind that will push temperatures into the mid-70s to mid-80s through Wednesday, the National Weather Service says, with the warmest temperature readings expected across west-central Minnesota.

The average temperature is 74 degrees for this time of year, AccuWeather says.

The daytime highs are running 5-10 degrees warmer than average into next weekend, Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune weather blog, who says the sunny, warm weather is perfect for enjoying the lake or sitting out on a deck.

The breeze will pick up on Tuesday and Wednesday as the region becomes sandwiched between high and low pressure systems. Central and southern Minnesota could see wind speeds between 15-25 mph, the weather service notes.

The chance for rain also returns Tuesday night, with spotty showers and thunderstorms possible through Friday, ahead of a cold front that is expected to bring in cooler air for the weekend, the National Weather Service notes.

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