Just how hot is it going to get today? Pretty hot


It's been awhile since most everyone in Minnesota has seen temperatures quite this high.

A one-day heat wave is going to make Friday a warm one for just about everyone in the state. Check out the National Weather Service Twin Cities' map of projected highs around the state today:

Except for the very northwest corner (which we'll get to in a second) temps will hit the mid- to upper-80s. And 90 degrees will be in sight for a few spots.

The last time the Twin Cities got above 84 degrees was back on Oct. 11, according to preliminary records. So it's been nearly seven months.

The National Weather Service out of La Crosse is calling temps "summer-like," though did note the low humidity won't make it quite feel like July or August.

Weather Underground says the average high for Minneapolis on May 6 is 63 degrees. The record is 86 degrees, set back in 2000.

Northwest corner a bit cooler

If you're up in the Red River Valley, things will be a bit cooler.

Though that's because you all just went through the heat – Paul Huttner says on his MPR Updraft blog that Hallock, Fargo, Grand Forks and Thief River Falls all hit above 90 degrees Thursday.

That was hotter than MIami, Dallas and LA, he adds.

A cool front is pushing in from the Northwest, so if you're in that area, temps will likely top out in the mid-70s Friday, the National Weather Service of Grand Forks says.

That cool front will then make it's way down through the rest of Minnesota, meaning a more normal weekend (so highs in the 60s and 70s, lows in the 40s and 50s).

Fire danger is still high

The heat won't help the fire danger.

Dozens of wildfires have been spotted in the northern half of the state since Monday, including one that destroyed about 100 acres near Staples before it was put out.

And the National Weather Service says conditions are ripe for blazes to continue spreading quickly.

There's a red flag warning (meaning high winds, plus dry air, plus warm temps will help fire spread very easily) in effect for the entire top two-thirds of the state. It's every area that's pink in the map below.

Go here and punch in your city or zip code to find out exactly which warnings are in effect for you.

You can also check out the DNR's fire danger map here – and note the different burning restrictions in effect.

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