Fire weather conditions approaching critical values Friday
Fire conditions are expected to be approaching critical values Friday afternoon across much of northern Minnesota, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported.
Friday’s high temperature is expected to flirt with the 90 degree mark. The weather service is calling for a high of 88 degrees with a southern breeze gusting as high as 30 mph.
Gusty winds settled across the area Thursday afternoon as rain skirted north of Brainerd, leaving dry conditions in the lakes area.
A few storms possible overnight were not expected to be severe. But thunderstorms remain a possibility Friday through Saturday night.
In the Brainerd lakes area, the National Weather Service reported showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 1 p.m. The high may reach 77. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent, rising to 80 percent by Saturday night.
By Sunday, temperatures are expected to change in a big way with a high predicted to climb no higher than 64 degrees.
Thunderstorms return to the forecast by Wednesday, although the weather service reported it’s too early to determine if next week’s storms will be severe.