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Summer isn't over yet: Warm, humid weather returns for 1st week of September


Don't put away your air conditioners just yet – expect warm and humid weather for the first week of September.

It may be the end of meteorological summer (June, July and August), but temperatures are expected to be more summer-like this week – low-to-mid 80s is forecast for much of the state, with slightly cooler temperatures in the 70s around Lake Superior, the National Weather Service says.

This could be one of the hotter stretches we've had this summer, Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog.

Smoke from the destructive wildfires in the West will again give the sky above Minnesota a hazy look. The smoke could also impact temperatures Sunday and Monday, making it cooler than if the sun was shining bright, the National Weather Service says.

Despite clouds Sunday and Monday, most of the state will remain dry until the weekend, when the chance for widespread showers and storms increases, the weather service notes.

A weak cold front is expected to move into western Minnesota Monday afternoon, which could bring showers and storms to the region, the National Weather Service notes. And as the cold front moves east through the state, the chance for more widespread storms increases – especially Saturday night and Sunday, Douglas says.

Cooler, dryer air is expected for Labor Day, with Douglas saying: "Not perfect, but we've seen worse."

Super moon shines bright

Saturday night's super moon – combined with the haze from the western wildfires – made for a colorful scene above Minnesota.

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