With hot, dry, and breezy conditions across most of Minnesota Friday, the fire risk goes up once more.
The storm that brought a few showers and storms around Minnesota from late Wednesday into Thursday has moved off, the state is starting Friday dry and mild, with morning lows predominantly in the 50s and 60s.
Under mostly sunny skies, the day will turn hot, with much of the state in the 80s, and southern Minnesota back in the 90s.
Northern Minnesota stays cooler and in the 70s thanks to a cold front that will sweep north to south during the day, so the cooler air impacts northern Minnesota already Friday, while the rest of the state sees a temperature drop Saturday.
That front is also bringing windy conditions as it advances, so much of Minnesota can expect gusty winds up to 30 mph by the afternoon and evening.
The combination of warm weather, dry conditions and low humidity, and gusty winds will cause fire risk to increase again.
Most of central Minnesota is under a red flag warning Friday afternoon, and portions of the Arrowhead not already in the red flag warning have a fire weather watch.
The cold front brings enough instability that there could be a few isolated showers or storms Friday evening into the overnight, but no significant rain is expected.
The best chance for needed rain comes Sunday, with a storm that also brings much colder weather early next week.
That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.
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