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Thunderstorms may halt our 80+ degree temperature streak

Summer is still in the air with seasonably warm temperatures and dew points. We’ve hit the 3 day streak of 80 degree high temperatures and we still have the potential for 3 more.

Our 80+ degree temperature streak is in jeopardy Thursday and Friday though. With a cooler air mass inching into the area from Wednesday’s weak cold front may be enough to prohibit temperatures from reaching 80. Meanwhile, Friday’s thunderstorm chances could start prior to our peak heating hours. This would also cancel our 6 day streak.

It will be humid and breezy Wednesday with dew points in the mid to upper 60’s and winds speeds out of the south at 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday night model radar reflectivity.

There aren’t many changes to the forecast this week. The minor changes that are noteworthy come with the chances for showers and thunderstorms Wednesday. The first of two rounds will be possible in the mid morning hours, with the current storms in central Minnesota maintaining their strength, the rain will be spotty through midday.

The second chance for thunderstorms comes along a very weak cold front that is expected late Wednesday evening. Models initiate showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m. These thunderstorms look to be isolated in nature and won’t really pack a punch as they roll through.

Rainfall amounts will range from nothing to maybe a tenth of an inch. Thursday will likely be dry while Friday and Saturday we are expecting more widespread showers and thunderstorms as this summer weather finally ‘pops’.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly is our Daybreak meteorologist. Justin joined WQOW News 18 in May 2018.

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