August is a warm and wet summer month in Minnesota with plenty of sunshine. The average high temperatures in the state are in the pleasant range of 70°F (21.1°C) to 80°F (26.7°C), while the nights are comfortable in the 50°F (10°C) to 60°F (15.6°C) zone. The skies are bright except for periods of wet weather, mostly in the southern regions due to thunderstorms and tornadoes. The growing season peaks with the smell of produce in the air. A healthy population of black bears is evident in the wild with the sighting of a few members of the clan during dawn or dusk to scourge for food. The precipitation of 4" (102mm) to 5" (127mm) warrants a light rain jacket to keep the dampness at bay. The lakeshores and waters reflect the considerable tourist interest during the bright days of summer. Expect the heat to decrease gradually by the end of the summer. The beautiful weather and the bounty of nature attract crowds in droves to Minnesota in August.