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Area Weather: Cold, dry pattern beginning to break, thankfully

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What a great weekend we had this past weekend! We finally had a taste of summer. Saturday, we warmed-up into the upper 70s and lower 80s across most of the area.

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A few isolated showers popped-up in the afternoon heat. Alexandria received only .02" of rain, Morris reported no rain on Saturday, and St. Cloud reported .03" of rain.

By Sunday, highs warmed-up into the low to mid 80s across the area. Morris hit 82 degrees for a high. I know many of you were outdoors enjoying the nice weekend!

Meanwhile, we started off this week on a mixed note. Some areas saw highs only in the 70s, but other areas warmed-up into the low 80s. Showers and thunderstorms moved-in by Monday night into Tuesday.

It is good to see that we are finally breaking that cold and dry weather pattern. It looks like a repeat of last weekend for this coming weekend for the first day of summer and for Father's Day. By the way, Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there--including my own dad Cliff in Willmar. Fathers, as all of us know, are an important part of our lives!

They bring wisdom, love, and an occasional stern look...that's all I needed to know that he meant business and to keep me on the straight and narrow! We salute you dads!

Weather fact: Yuma, Arizona has over 4,000 hours of sunshine per year -- making it the sunniest place on the planet!

This day in weather history: 1954: Hailstorm at St. Cloud injures many people.

MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead...Low 61...High 82

Duluth...Low 52...High 71

Morris...Low 61...High 82

Twin Cities...Low 63...High 83

Rochester...Low 63...High 90

Today:

Variable cloudiness, chance of scattered showers/t-storms. Winds: N at 5-15 mph Precip: .05"-.25"

Today's sunrise: 5:31 am Today's sunset: 9:15 p.m.

Normal High: 76 Normal Low: 55

A series of weather disturbances will slide through the area and could bring showers and thunderstorms to the area through Saturday.

OUTLOOK:

Thursday-Partly cloudy, chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 83 Low 65 Winds: S at 10-15 mph, Precip: .25"-.75"

Friday-Mix of clouds and sun, chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 76 Low 61 Winds: NW at 10-20 mph, Precip: .25"-.75"

Saturday-Partly cloudy, chance of a isolated showers/t-storms. High 80 Low 58, Winds:NW 5-15 mph. Prec. Trace-.05"

Sunday-Partly cloudy. High 80 Low 58 Winds: NW 5-15 mph. Prec. .00"

Monday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 77 Low 59 Winds: SE 10-15 Prec. Trace-.20"

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