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Dry, windy conditions creates critical fire danger in Minnesota on Monday

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged on Monday.

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged across the southern half of Minnesota on Monday as dry and windy conditions will create the perfect fire weather. 

A red flag warning has been issued for dozens of counties, including the 7-county Twin Cities metro area, and is in effect from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday. 

"Strong westerly winds with gusts in the 35 to 40 mph range, combined with minimum humidity values in the 20s to low 30s, will create critical fire weather conditions today. The lowest humidity values are expected across western and southern Minnesota," the red flag warning from the National Weather Service says. 

"Scattered to numerous showers and a few thunderstorms are expected across central and eastern Minnesota later this afternoon, but after critical fire conditions are met."

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Because of the gusty winds, any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, the weather service warns. 

Here's a look at the HRRR model's radar simulation for the day. It shows showers and thunderstorms developing around midday and move east-southeast. 

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Temps will warm to around 60 Monday before cooling off with highs in the 50s on Tuesday. But Wednesday looks great for some and chilly for others. Basically, the weather service says a front will cut through the state, with temps on the north side of the front likely in the 40s  and 50s and temps south of the front warming into the 70s. 

The forecast high for Minneapolis on Wednesday is 72. 

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