BISMARCK, N.D. — Fans of cooler, less sticky weather will like the forecast for the last holiday weekend of the summer.
Bill Abeling, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said the hot, humid streak that has persisted this week will stick around through Friday. Temperatures will be in the low to mid-90s, with the best chance for showers coming in the north central and northeastern parts of the state.
Abeling said a cold front will pass through the state Saturday, cooling things off and sparking some more passing showers. Things look cooler and dry through the middle of next week.
"It definitely will be a cooler and drier air mass," Abeling said.
The storm that blew through the Bismarck-Mandan area in the early morning hours on Thursday dumped about 0.82 inches of rain at the airport along with winds of more than 50 mph.
Gusts as strong as 70 mph were reported in the northeastern area of Bismarck and damaged an apartment building that is under construction.
Mark Hanson of Montana-Dakota Utilities said there was a short outage to about a dozen customers in Beulah because of a downed tree branch on a power line, but there were no reports of outages in Bismarck or Mandan.
Any reports of damage from the storm in Bismarck were spotty. Justin Nagel, manager of the Pony Express store on South Washington Street, said his business was hit by lightning at about 4:30 a.m.
"I got a call right away and went down to the store," Nagel said. "It was like a war zone ... there was lightning everywhere," he said.
The strike fried two cash registers, a television and a computer that controls the gas pumps. Nagel said he did not have an estimate of the damage.
"We were able to finally open at 1:30," he said. "We lost a half a day of business ... and four gas pumps still aren't working."
High temperatures around Bismarck will be in the upper 80s on Saturday — cooler around Lake Sakakawea and north — and down to the upper 70s by Sunday.
Abeling said for Labor Day through Wednesday, high temperatures will be in the 80s and it should remain dry.