Memorial Day weekend weather in Fargo may improve after Saturday rain

Forecasters expect rain and highs in the 60s Saturday. Temperatures in the 30s Friday morning could threaten some emerging plants and flowers.

An iris flower soaks in the sunshine in a West Fargo garden on a chilly afternoon on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO — After rainy and cool conditions in the Fargo-Moorhead area this Saturday, May 29, forecasters expect the rest of the Memorial Day weekend to improve.

WDAY StormTracker meteorologist John Wheeler said Saturday will see highs in the 60s with periods of rain possible, although it's likely that rain won't be heavy.

Sunday could well turn out to be a fairly beautiful day with temperatures returning to the 70s, but after sunshine in the morning, the skies could become cloudy, Wheeler said. There's also a possibility of scattered showers or thunderstorms popping up in the Red River Valley.

People attending picnics or outdoor Memorial Day programs shouldn't have any problems on Monday, said Wheeler, who predicted a sunny sky with highs in the 70s and little chance for rain.

It'll be a start to a much warmer week with highs in the 80s, except for a dip into the 70s on Wednesday when storms are possible. However, by late next weekend, temperatures in the Fargo-Moorhead area could climb into the 90s.


Meanwhile, despite occasional rainfall and a few areas of heavy rain in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, the moisture deficit is still a problem for many areas.

"We're going to need some timely rains," Wheeler said of ongoing drought conditions.

"It's not hopeless, though," he said, explaining that occasional rain across the region has offered some relief.

Chilly Friday morning

Temperatures in the 30s early Friday morning could threaten emerging plants and flowers, Wheeler said, though the danger will depend on if and when the skies clear.

Wheeler recommended covering plants as a precaution.

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