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First came the heat, next came the rain ... what's next?

Brainerd lakes area residents recently received a brief reprieve from the heat, but don't expect the cooler temperatures to stick around. Morning thunderstorms brought rainfall Thursday, June 27, and despite lingering clouds and more precipitatio...

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This white flower with a moth pausing for nectar was found along a country road near Motley by Doug Wonders. Submitted photo

Brainerd lakes area residents recently received a brief reprieve from the heat, but don't expect the cooler temperatures to stick around.

Morning thunderstorms brought rainfall Thursday, June 27, and despite lingering clouds and more precipitation, the daytime highs were expected to reach the 90s by the weekend.

"Storms are just firing up again to the east of you," said Jonathan Wolfe, a senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Duluth Thursday evening. "The atmosphere is still ripe for plenty of thunderstorm activity now and really through most of the week."

Wolfe said the rain will taper off Friday and most of Saturday should be dry, but weather conditions in Minnesota are fabled to change at the drop of a hat, according to longtime residents.

"The big story, I would say, is Saturday night into Sunday morning there's a very strong signal for pretty strong storms to move through the area. Where that will happen? We're not exactly sure right now," Wolfe said.

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The National Weather Service in Duluth forecast partly cloudy and warm for Friday with a high of 86 degrees. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for parts of the state until 1 p.m. Thursday with threats of possible tornadoes, pingpong-sized hail and gusts up to 75 mph, although none of this ultimately transpired.

Thunderstorms moved into the Brainerd lakes area about 10:30 a.m. Thursday and about three-quarters of an inch of total rain accumulation was recorded as of about 4 p.m. Thursday, according to Wolfe, after Wednesday's daytime high of 90 degrees.

"Your record value is 95 for a high for (June 26), so I mean it's not quite in record territory, but I meant it's warm," Wolfe said.

Almost 3 inches of rain accumulation has been recorded so far for June, according to Wolfe, about an inch less than what normally is expected for the month.

"Throughout the rest of the week, you will be warm. The warmest temperature we have is 91 on Saturday for the Brainerd lakes area, but most days are going to be in the 80s for high temperatures," Wolfe said.

The detailed forecast from the National Weather Service in Duluth calls for a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. Sunday with a low around 72, and a chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday with partly sunny skies and a high near 89.

"And Sunday, your minimum temperature is going to be 72, so it's going to be kind of a hot, sticky day," Wolfe said. "Because of that, that's when the storms are going to come through, and like I said, the storms could have the potential to be severe."

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