Weather Forecast


Break in heat wave coming

Relief is coming.

Thursday will continue the hot streak with temperatures nearing 90 again beneath sunny skies, but a break in the heat wave is coming.

The National Weather Service reports the heat advisory continues until 10 p.m. Thursday. But Thursday night should see the start of a cooling period with an overnight low of 65 degrees. Friday’s high is expected to top out at 75 degrees, rivaling recent overnight lows. The temperature change should help people without air-conditioning by allowing homes to finally cool down again.

The Fourth of July’s high of 95 fell just shy of the record of 97 degrees in 1988. The normal high for this time of year is 80 degrees. Just after 6 p.m. on the Fourth of July, strong storms popped up in southern Cass and northern Crow Wing County capable of producing frequent lightning, gusty winds, downpours and hail.

Thunderstorms are likely Friday during the day and into the night. For the coming weekend, Sunday looks to be the better day with plenty of sunshine and a more comfortable high of 82 degrees. The forecast for Saturday is a high of 77 degrees with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms, which are expected to decrease as the night progresses.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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