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Here comes the sun

At least that's what the forecast says

Posted: June 9, 2013 - 9:11pm

Gray skies are gonna clear up.

At least that’s the forecast as summer is expected to make more than a cameo appearance this week.

Partly cloudy skies and a nearly perfect 75 degrees predicted for Monday should give way to an abundance of sunshine Tuesday. And another largely unheard of event to date may also happen Tuesday with temperatures pushing 80 degrees for a high.

“It looks like a nice stretch of 70s,” said Kevin Kraujalis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, noting the state has been below normal temperatures since the late winter months. “It seems like we’ve been trying to play catch-up with the temperatures and it looks like we’ll do that this week.”

The weather service in Duluth is forecasting mostly sunny skies or part sun through the week with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

On Friday, there is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and showers, a forecast that extends into Saturday. But the weather service isn’t forecasting a weekend washout as Sunday should bring mostly sunny skies and 76 degrees — the monthly average for June going back to weather records from 1981.

After numerous cool, cloudy and rainy days the forecast for a sun-filled week more reminiscent of early June will undoubtedly be welcome by area resorts, recreational facilities and growers. Because of the snowfall in March and April and rains this spring, Kraujalis said the eastern half of the state is now in good shape finally after a long concern about drought conditions.

The Brainerd area received about a third of an inch of rain Sunday. With warm temperatures and sunny skies expected nearly every day into the week, there will be time to dry out.

Recently, the day’s highs have struggled to reach 70. And some days weren’t even close to that mark. The highs this past Sunday never got out of the 50s. Weather service descriptions of sky conditions were overcast, light rain, fog mist — common descriptors so far this season.

What a difference a year makes. On June 10, 2012, the high was 90 degrees, five degrees short of the date’s temperature record set in 1933.

The normal high for this time of year is 74 degrees. Already behind schedule with a long winter and late spring, summer — an economic money-maker for many in the lakes area — may need to make up for lost time.

Kraujalis said the extended forecast is for average to above average temperatures.

“It looks like we’ve turned a corner,” he said of temperatures gearing toward more summer like patterns.

Summer officially begins in 11 days.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Dispatchbizbuzz.