GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The story today is best summed up by three words: HOT HOT HOT!
There is a heat advisory in place for the southern half of the state Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 8 p.m. With dew points forecast to approach 70 and temperatures nearing 90 or above, the air today will make you feel as if you're wearing a sweater.
With that kind of humidity the heat index tops out around 100 degrees so young children, the elderly and those with chronic health issues are advised to stay indoors or in a cool place as much as possible.
Expect hazy, muggy conditions as the sun tries to burn through the heavy, saturated atmosphere. Southerly surface winds ranging between 8-12 mph won't provide much relief from the scorching heat as they pump Gulf moisture and warmer temps northward into Minnesota.
Nightfall won't bring much of a break from the heat either, with temperatures dropping only into the mid-70s. Dew points will fall off a bit behind a weak cold front passing by tonight, shifting winds to the NW and bringing in some drier Canadian air.
A few clouds may build in behind that front tonight and stick around for Thursday morning. Otherwise Thursday and Friday maintain a similar setup, with plenty of sunshine contributing to high temperatures hovering around 90 degrees both days. With the dew points backing off, however, those 90 degree temps will be more bearable.
The next chance of showers/thunderstorms comes Saturday when the atmosphere becomes a little unsettled aloft. Expect temps to drop off slightly for the weekend then pick back up as high pressure sets up again for the start of the work week.
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