Day one of what promises to be a string of scorchers brought temps in the 90s across much of the state Friday. Some lucky areas were even treated to triple-digits.
U.S. Air Net had a reading of 100 degrees in Madison, Minnesota, as of 3:45 p.m. Just next door, the Weather Service notched 101 degrees in Grand Forks around that same time, with Fargo seeing a 100-degree afternoon.
But the highest temps recorded this afternoon appear to be in Hallock (yes, literally 15 miles from the Canadian border) and Moorhead. At 2 p.m. the National Weather Service Twin Cities recorded temps of 102 degrees in both cities.
Western Minnesota into North and South Dakota were among the hottest areas in the U.S. Friday afternoon, beating out everywhere except a slice of the California-Arizona-Mexico border.
The high temps and low humidity brought an air quality warning to the Twin Cities metro area, and red flag warnings across northern Minnesota due to the high fire risk.
What can we look forward to in the days ahead? More of the same, really.