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HAZARDOUS AIR QUALITY TO END THE WORK WEEK
The Northland and surrounding spots are now in with the smoke and out with the thunderstorm activity. An Air Quality Alert is posted through 3 pm CDT Friday for most of northern, central and eastern Minnesota due to raging wildfires to our north and west. The north winds in the lower and upper-levels have glided a lot of the high levels of smoke into the Northland. Everybody (not just sensitive groups) are negatively impacted by this and need to make sure they limit outdoor exposure through Friday. Nonetheless, much drier air has circulated back into our picture, and we have seen temperatures rise into the middle to upper 70s.
The smoke levels may wane a little more this evening, but expect a red to orange tint to the sky as the sun sets and smoke particles change the appearance of the sun. Low temperatures will stick to the 50s with a few passing clouds across our sky. The daytime hours on Friday call for times of haze once again as the sun will be trapped behind the hazardous particles. Afternoon thermometer readings will make it into the upper 70s and lower 80s as a low-level south wind will make for noticeable humidity levels. The rising humidity will also be in conjunction with a passing cold front from our north. This front will swing in Friday night and could linger into early Saturday morning. Accumulation will only range between a few hundredths of an inch to a tenth of an inch at the best for the area.
The drought continues to remain bothersome for the Northland. Almost a quarter of the state of Minnesota now lies in an extreme drought, with 75% of the state in a severe drought! Luckily, three different storm systems have accounted for help with combating the drought over the past week, but we still have a lot of ground to make up. The outlook will remain dry with temperatures at seasonable, if not above normal readings Sunday and into much of next week.
Chief Meteorologist Sam Gabrielli