Turning hot and humid late this week into next week with record/near record warmth possible; a few shower/t-storm chances ahead but overall a dry pattern into early next week

…Late Week Heat Wave…

Very warm to hot temperatures will move into the Northland late this week and could stick around through at least early next week the way it looks now. Daytime highs from June 4th through June 7th are forecast to range from around 85 to 93 degrees in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin with overnight lows ranging from the upper 50s to lower 70s. Note: Record to near record warmth is likely in the Northland from June 4th through June 7th, with both record high and record warm low temperature records possibly being broken during that aforementioned time frame.

Overall this week is looking pretty dry in our area, but we do have a chance to see a few showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, possibly lingering into Thursday, but coverage of that activity looks fairly isolated at the moment.


There continues to be a few isolated showers and thunderstorms this afternoon in parts of far northwest Wisconsin and along portions of the North Shore in northeastern Minnesota with movement of this activity generally to the south/east. No severe weather is expected in our area thru early this evening, but brief downpours and occasional lightning will be found in and near any thunderstorm. Note: These isolated showers will dissipate through the evening hours with mainly dry weather expected for Tuesday with highs on Tuesday mainly in the 70s, not a bad way to open the month of June and Meteorological summer 2021 (The 3 month period of June, July and August).


Will see an upper level ridge of high pressure which initially will be over the Rockies redevelop farther east into the Midwest and Great Lakes this weekend into early next week. This should be a very warm pattern for the Northland with little to no lake cooling expected as we should have a strong enough southwesterly wind to keep the cool lake air from coming inland from Friday through Monday.

Here’s a look at the 500mb anomaly forecast valid from June 4th through June 7th, 2021.


Some parts of the Northland were hit by one or two rounds of showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and or Sunday night, those storms brought with them frequent lightning along with heavy rainfall, along with some gusty winds and a few reports of sub-severe hail (mostly in the 0.25 inch to 0.75 inch diameter range)

Here’s a look at radar estimated rainfall totals from Sunday’s thunderstorms.

Note: The yellow outlined areas saw some impressive rainfall totals Sunday with amounts of up to 2 inches!

…Rainfall Totals from Sunday, May 30, 2021 to 9 AM Monday, May 31, 2021

Source: https://www.weather.gov/dlh/

  • 3.8 S Swan River, MN: 1.59″
  • Aurora, MN: 1.21″
  • Skibo, MN: 1.09″
  • Embarrass, MN: 0.94″
  • 6.5 SE Duquette, MN: 0.89″
  • 0.5 E Floodwood, MN: 0.77″
  • Cook, MN: 0.57″
  • 3.4 ENE Cloquet, MN: 0.53″
  • 3 E Wright, MN: 0.52″
  • Esko, MN: 0.51″
  • Libby, MN: 0.49″
  • Poplar, WI: 0.45″
  • Babbitt, MN: 0.44″
  • Siren, WI: 0.44″
  • South Range, WI: 0.41″
  • Isabella, MN: 0.41″
  • Duluth Airport: 0.38″
  • Minong, WI: 0.38″
  • Saginaw, MN: 0.35″
  • Barnes, WI: 0.32″
  • Hibbing, MN: 0.32″
  • French River, MN: 0.31″
  • Superior Airport: 0.29″
  • Silver Bay, MN: 0.28″
  • Wrenshall, MN: 0.28″
  • 1.2 W Solon Springs, WI: 0.27″
  • Two Harbors, MN: 0.26″
  • Hayward, WI: 0.23″
  • Cable, WI: 0.22″
  • Lutsen, MN: 0.20″
  • Ashland, WI: 0.15″
  • Danbury, WI: 0.15″
  • Grand Marais, MN: 0.15″
  • Grand Rapids, MN: 0.13″
  • Cass Lake, MN: 0.07″
  • Deer River, MN: 0.05″
  • Glidden, WI: 0.05″
  • Brainerd, MN: 0.03″
  • Bayfield, WI: 0.02″
  • Walker, MN: 0.02″


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