Just days after hurriedly covering plants and cranking up the heat, lakes area residents will now need to reach for their fans and air conditioners as temperatures are expected to hit the 90s later this week.
Minnesotans are no strangers to rapidly changing weather, but the stretch of May 27 to June 5 will likely be one for the record books.
The high temperature for Thursday, May 27, was 50 degrees, tying the record for the lowest high temperature on that date, set in 1927, according to Patrick Ayd, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Duluth. Though the lakes area didn’t see any freezing precipitation last week, Ayd said a few flakes flew up near the international border.
This coming week couldn’t be much more different, with Ayd predicting the lakes area may set more records, but this time for highest temperatures. The National Weather Service is calling for highs of 92 and 93 degrees Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, respectively. The record high for June 4 is 89 degrees, set in 1988, and the record high for June 5 is 92 degrees, set in 1952.
“It’s the land that we live in up here in the north,” Ayd said during a phone interview Tuesday, June 1. “... Obviously we’re in the battleground of the seasons right now as we’re transitioning into summer. It’s not unusual to get those frosts late in May. I mean, our normal last date is somewhere around mid-May, so obviously it’s not unheard of to go a little bit deeper than that. And then as we’re just trying to transition from more of a spring to a summertime pattern is where we can kind of get those bigger changes in the temperature swing.”
Excessive heat advisories may come with the high temperatures later this week, meaning people will likely be advised to stay hydrated, avoid outdoor activities during peak times if possible and make sure to double check vehicles for kids or pets before locking them.
“Keep the keys out of the reach of kids because they can grab the keys, and they know how to work buttons to get into a vehicle, so that’s another thing as well,” Ayd said.
Conditions will likely remain on the drier side, as the month of May was below average for precipitation, Ayd said. There is a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening, though, and Ayd said a round of thunderstorms may be on the docket going into next week.
Brainerd lakes detailed forecast
Wednesday, June 2: Mostly sunny with a high of 81 degrees with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly between 4-5 p.m. Southeast winds of 5-10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 57. A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7 p.m. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday: Partly sunny with a high near 86. West winds of 5-10 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear with a low around 63. West winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday: Sunny and hot with a high near 92. Breezy with southwest winds of 5-15 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear with a low around 68. Southwest winds of 5-10 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph.
Saturday: Sunny and hot with a high near 93. Breezy with southwest winds of 5-10 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph.
Saturday night: Mostly clear with a low around 69. South winds of about 10 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Sunny and hot with a high near 91. Breezy with southwest winds of 10-15 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph.
Sunday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny with a high near 89. Breezy with southwest winds of 10-15 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph.