Toasty summer weather through the weekend

If you enjoyed Wednesday, which brought the Twin Cities its 14th 90-degree day of the year, then the next several days are designed for you.

Expect high temperatures in the 80s statewide Thursday afternoon. The Twin Cities should reach about 88 with a light northwest wind.

Muggy morning in southern Minnesota

This morning has begun on  muggy note from the Twin Cities to southern Minnesota. Dew points have been in the sticky mid 60s to low 70s in many areas. The good news is that a weak frontal boundary will gradually bring drier air  from the northwest by Thursday afternoon as it slides southeastward.

Those elevated dew points should dip down to the much-more-comfortable low 60s.

Forecast surface weather map for Thursday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Prediction Center

Smoky skies

Along with lower humidity, the northwest flow is bringing smoke from Canadian wildfires. The fine particulates mostly aloft have made their way down to the surface at times, which can cause problems for those with lung and other health issues.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert that continues until 10 a.m. Thursday for northwest and north central Minnesota. Atmospheric mixing is likely to dilute the particulate concentrations by late morning.

Air quality alert until 10 a.m. Thursday. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Here is the bigger picture extending to the North Dakota border:

Air quality alert this morning. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Grand Forks National Weather Service

Any showers anywhere?

There will be just a chance of isolated showers in west central  and southwestern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon.

Very warm and dry thorough the weekend for Minnesota

Weather outlook through the weekend for the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Twin Cities National Weather Service

A dome of hot high pressure and light winds should be sitting right on top of us on Saturday.

Forecast surface weather map for Saturday. NOAA Weather Prediction Center

High temperatures statewide are likely to be mainly in the mid 80s to low 90s from Friday through Monday.

Our next rain?

Forecast models have pushed our next decent chance of showers out to next Monday night or Tuesday. Even then they are likely to be scattered and not soakers. Your garden will appreciate a little water from time to time.

And you might enjoy some chilled watermelon.