After a wet, chilly Monday, the rest of the week is expected to dry up and warm up but be windy as the days go on, with temperatures predicted to reach the mid-60s by the weekend.
More than a quarter-inch of light rain fell by Monday afternoon, with the temperature topping out at 40 degrees, according to information from the weather observation station at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. Monday’s rain followed about .13 inches of rain and snow mix Sunday afternoon in Brainerd.
The average temperature for April 26 in Brainerd is 54 degrees, according to data from the National Weather Service in Duluth.
The forecast for the rest of the week is a steady climb back to milder temperatures and sunshine.
Tuesday and Wednesday each come with a slight chance of rain — 20% and 30%, respectively — with temperatures steadily rising to a high of 54 on Tuesday and a high of 60 on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Northeast winds of 5-10 mph are expected, with gusts up to 15 mph. The overnight temperatures those days are expected to dip into the high 30s.
Skies should be mostly sunny by Thursday, with a high temperature of 58 but wind speeds increasing. Northwest winds could blow at 5-15 mph during the day and into Thursday night, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Friday should be a little less breezy — with 15 mph gusts still possible — but warmer with sunny skies and a high of 61 degrees.
Temperatures Saturday could rise to 66 degrees, with partly sunny skies and southeast wind speeds around 10 mph.
A chance of rain returns Sunday, along with a high of 65 and wind speeds of 5-10 mph.