Weather Forecast


Warm summer week ahead

Finally, summer has arrived.

A string of consecutive days with temperatures pushing ever closer to the 90 degree mark, the lakes area can embrace summer in earnest. The recent warm-up comes on the heels of an early summer that has regularly been cooler than normal.

Unsettled weather led to a lightning show early Sunday morning as storms rolled into the region. For all the thunder and lightning, the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport had just .03 inches of rain early Sunday.

Thunderstorms are possible today afternoon through Tuesday and again Thursday night through Friday night.

The chance for thunderstorms is 50 percent during the day today and likely at night, the National Weather Service reported. The chance is reduced to 20 percent on Tuesday. Highs for the coming week should moderate slightly and be about 10 degrees cooler or more than the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 70s during the week with comfortable lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

The coming weekend should be a perfect summer setting to enjoy the lakes regions with temps hovering just above 80 degrees beneath mostly sunny skies. There is a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm Friday and Friday night before skies clear for the Saturday and Sunday.

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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