Hot temps and chance of thunderstorms this weekend
Summer may not be officially here, but it won’t seem that way this weekend as temperatures are expected to flirt with 90 degrees.
It may be the perfect time to apply the sunscreen and head to the lake to cool off. But the weather forecast also includes a chance for strong, even severe thunderstorms.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth issued a hazardous weather outlook for Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin counties.
Scattered thunderstorms are predicted. Some have the potential to reach severe levels with large hail and strong winds. Locally, heavy rain is also possible, the NWS reported.
The potential for thunderstorms is widespread Friday, with the potential for strong to severe storms in the afternoon and night. But the greatest threat for severe weather Friday appears to be in the Arrowhead region.
The bigger chance for rough weather in the lakes area may arrive Sunday night after two long and hot days and a heat index of 90 or above. Highs on Saturday may reach 88 degrees under mostly sunny skies. The low isn’t expected to drop much below 70 degrees overnight. On Sunday, the thermometers are anticipated to spike to 89 degrees. The normal high for this time of year is 74.
While the temperatures will be on the warm side, they’ll have to climb higher to take a shot at the record. The record high temperature for June 10 is 95 degrees set in 1933.
The chance for storms is mainly after 1 p.m. Sunday. Once night arrives, the NWS reports showers and thunderstorms are likely.
Wednesday a storm cell generated severe thunderstorm warnings and rolled into Cass County with reports of large hail. The NWS received a report of 1.75 inch hail in Cass County just after 6 p.m. The storm was moving toward Brainerd, but lost its steam before reaching the city.