Say goodbye to colder, wetter weather and look ahead to a week of above-average temps in the eighties.
That's what the forecast from the National Weather Service foretells for the Brainerd lakes area, a welcome departure from a May that saw more rain and cooler air than a typical one for Brainerd. Predicted highs for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 3-6, all brushed 80 degrees with sunny skies expected most of the week. Low to mid-70s are normal highs for early June, according to the National Weather Service almanac. Just Tuesday carries a risk of precipitation, with a slight chance of showers early in the day and a higher chance of showers and thunderstorms into Tuesday night.
Warmer-than-usual weather for June contrasts with May's below-average temperatures. Both the average highs and lows in May were colder than usual: 63.5 degrees this year compared to the normal 67.6 degrees, and 39.9 degrees for this year's low, 4.5 degrees cooler than the usual 44.4 degrees. A total of 3.66 inches of precipitation fell in May, compared to the more average 2.35 inches.
Despite the expected arrival of warmer weather, the chillier spring weather seemed reluctant to release its grip entirely, as the weather service issued a frost advisory and hazardous weather outlook of likely frost Sunday night into early Monday morning for portions of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Under advisory was northern Cass County, where widespread frost was expected, while southern Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin counties were on notice for an elevated frost risk.