Windy again Friday; season's first 90s possible by next Thursday

Real heat wave likely late next week; dew points in tropical 70s possible

Forecast high temperatures Friday
Forecast high temperatures Friday
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The winds of spring 2024 continue to blow relentlessly across Minnesota. Marshall in southwestern Minnesota recorded a wind gust of 58 mph Thursday afternoon.

This has been a Top 10 windy spring around much of Minnesota.

April was the ninth windiest on record and May featured wind gusts in excess of 30 mph around Minnesota on about half the days. So far this June, the Twin Cities and most of Minnesota have recorded wind gusts near or above 30 mph on five of six days this month!

Friday brings yet another windy day to Minnesota. We’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine but winds will gust to around 30 mph once again. Winds will gust close to 30 mph again at times Friday afternoon.

Forecast wind gusts
Forecast wind gusts at 1 p.m. Friday

Highs Friday and through the weekend will be mostly in the 70s, with a few 60s north. (See the map above)

The next chance for rain arrives late Friday night into early Saturday morning. Otherwise, most of the weekend looks dry and pleasant with a bit less wind!

Season’s first 90s next week?

The season’s first real shot of heat and humidity looks likely later next week.

Forecast models build a heat dome across the Midwest late next week. The Canadian model cranks out temperatures in the 90s from southern Minnesota southward by next Thursday.

Canadian model
Canadian model temperature output for Thursday, June 13
Environment Canada, via Pivotal Weather

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts model cranks out deeply tropical dew point levels well into the 70s, peaking around an Amazon jungle level of 80 degrees in South Dakota next Thursday.

European model (ECMWF)
Dew point output forecast for Thursday, June 13
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, via Pivotal Weather

Stay tuned as we may see the season’s first 90s in the Twin Cities next week. The average data in the Twin Cities for the first 90-degree temperature is June 2. So it’s coming a little later than normal this year.

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