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HIGH LEVELS OF THICK SMOKE THROUGH THE WEEKEND
The Air Quality Alert is now extended through 3 PM CDT Tuesday for the entire Northland as high levels of smoke have lingered. Due to strong upper-level northwest wind, widespread areas of smoke have been dragged into our area to finish off the week and that trend will continue into the weekend as well. The worst of the smoke will be from tonight through the daytime hours Saturday. Please make sure you stay inside and avoid inhaling the smoke as best you can! This air is unhealthy for everyone. Not just sensitive groups.
Otherwise a cold front will come sliding in from our north through Saturday. This will bring a chance for a spotty rain shower or rumble of thunder. Regardless, a mix of sun and clouds, a breezy northwest flow and a little more humidity returns to introduce the weekend. Expect daytime temperatures to make it into the 70s and possibly lower 80s. Heading to the golf course or the cabin this weekend? Sunday appears to be the cooler day of the weekend with low humidity levels and ample sunshine.
Smoke levels will remain bad on Saturday, but the flow will change the course of our smoke on Sunday. Luckily, we expect less of the smoke for the weekend's end. A north wind may make for cool temperatures along the South Shore, but the majority of the area will rise into the 70s for daytime thermometer readings.
75% of the state of Minnesota is in a form of severe drought, and unfortunately the drought is only going to worsen as we guide you into next week. Mother Nature may muster a storm system together for the final portion of next week but the forecast remains a little uncertain for the time being. Overall, plan on a hot and humid mid to late portion of next week!
Chief Meteorologist Sam Gabrielli