Warm and dry conditions lead to elevated fire danger
Temperatures rose to 80 degrees across the region Monday morning. There are chances for thunderstorms starting Tuesday, May, 18, but near critical fire danger is expected to continue into Tuesday.
Low humidity, dry weather, warm temperatures and increasing wind are continuing to combine for elevated fire danger.
A hazardous weather outlook was issued Monday, May 17, for portions of the region including Wadena, Todd, Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin counties. The National Weather Service reported elevated fire weather conditions are possible today due to low relative humidity, especially in northeastern Minnesota.
“Isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, mainly across the Arrowhead of Minnesota. Severe weather is not expected. Near critical fire weather conditions are expected to continue into Tuesday in some areas of central Minnesota with winds increasing.”
The weather service reported thunderstorm chances will return starting Tuesday night and
lasting through the weekend with the best chance for thunderstorms arriving Wednesday night through Friday morning. Severe weather is not expected at this time the weather service reported.