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Summery heat continues; morning fog in northeastern Minn.

Fall color update for leaf-peepers

Parts of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin have dense fog this morning.

A dense fog advisory continues until 11 a.m. today in the grey-shaded areas of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin:

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Dense fog advisory (grey) until 11 a.m.
National Weather Service

Summery heat

The Twin Cities Saturday high temp of 88 degrees was a new record high for Sept. 30. Another record could fall today, with metro area highs reaching around 90 this afternoon. The average Twin Cities high temp is just 66 degrees this time of year.

Most of the southern half of Minnesota will see Sunday highs near 90 or slightly above 90:

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Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Mainly 80s are on tap for northern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Some spots up along the North Shore of Lake Superior will see highs in the 70s.

Dew points will be in the sticky 60s today.

Rain chance?

Portions of west-central and southwestern Minnesota will see a few scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday morning. A shower or thundertorm could drift into parts of central Minnesota by late morning. A passing shower is possible in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin Sunday afternoon/evening.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the MPR News network. Also check out the MPR News display of National Weather Service radar.

You can also check these National Weather Service sites for updated weather info: Twin CitiesDuluthLa Crosse, Wis., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Grand Forks, N.D.

Fall colors are popping

Fall colors are popping in much of Minnesota. I saw pockets of brilliant fall color in parts of the Twin Cities metro area the past few days, but many metro area trees are still green or are just starting to reveal fall colors.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fall color report for Minnesota State Parks and Trails looks like this:

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Fall color report
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The changeover to fall colors is highest in the northern half of Minnesota, but parts of west-central and southwestern Minnesota are also seeing plenty of fall color.

When you look at the fall color map, keep in mind that all deciduous trees are included. Maples can sometimes be peaking in an area when the overall changeover to fall color is 50 percent or less.

The Wisconsin fall color report can be found here.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.