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Northland Outdoors Forecast: Warming up with a few showers and thunderstorms

This weekend will feature a little warmer temps around the region with some reaching into the 90s by Sunday.

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Clouds will linger through parts of northern South Dakota and much of North Dakota on Friday. A slow moving disturbance aloft will bring a chance of showers and some thunderstorms to slowly push eastward across this area during the day. The showers and storms look to move into the Red River Valley later on Friday into Friday night.

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Friday outlook for the region.
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Saturday morning won't be as cool as a few mornings we had at the tail end of the work week. Watch for a few isolated to scattered showers and thundershowers in the morning. Heading out to the lake may warrant a quick check of the radar before hooking up the boat.

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Saturday morning weather.
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A breeze is expected for southern Minnesota and up into northwestern Wisconsin and parts of the Northland Saturday afternoon. Winds will be out of the south and southwest for these areas. Lake Sakakawea may get a little breezy as well as winds will be shifting and picking up a little out of the north and northeast. Winds will be lighter in the Red River Valley and far northwestern Minnesota Saturday.

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Saturday afternoon winds.
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Isolated thunderstorms can't be ruled out for the eastern Dakotas and parts of Minnesota on Saturday. I'm not seeing a wash out, but with this weekend being one of the last for summer and many wanting to get out and enjoy some heat; make sure to check the radar and know that a few interruptions will be possible.

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Saturday afternoon forecast.
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Winds will still be out of the south for most of Minnesota on Sunday. Sustained winds will be close to 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Winds look to shift across central and western parts of the Dakotas.


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Sunday afternoon winds.
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Heat returns to a big chunk of the region to close out this weekend. Nearly all of Minnesota will peak in the 80s with many hitting the mid and upper 80s. The warm temperatures will be around the eastern Dakotas as well with some places potentially reaching into the lower 90s. Temperatures won't be as hot for the western side of South Dakota and North Dakota. A cold front will move into those areas in the afternoon and may spark thunderstorms in the western Dakotas.

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Sunday's weather outlook.
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I grew up in Minnesota and my love of the outdoors lead me on a path to becoming in meteorologist. I got my Bachelor of Science in meteorology at St. Cloud State University. I started out my career as a TV meteorologist in Bismarck at KX News in 2010. I left Bismarck for Fargo in the fall of 2015 where I've been since working for WDAY as well as The Forum.
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