GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Here's one from the believe it or not file.
Less than two weeks ago many of us had snow coating the ground, and now we're talking about a heat advisory.
Near record temperatures is expected Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. according to the National Weather Service.
Temps will be soaring into the low to mid 90s across southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities Tuesday. It will be a dry heat with dew points just in the 40s versus the more humid conditions more typical of June-August. The average date of the first 90 is June 4. Last year we hit our first 90 on May 18, beginning a season where we hit 90+ temps 31 times (normal is 13).
The counties in the heat advisory are Wright, Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington, Renville, McLeod, Sibley, Carver, Scott, Dakota, Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Rice, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Waseca, Steele, Martin Faribault, Freeborn including the cities of Monticello, Minneapolis, Blaine, St. Paul, Stillwater, Olivia, Hutchinson, Gaylord, Chaska, Shakopee, Burnsville, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, St. Peter, Le Sueur, Faribault, St. James, Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna, Fairmont, Blue Earth, and Albert Lea.
Ared flag warning is posted across most of Minnesota Tuesday too because of those dry, hot, windy conditions. Red flag conditions mean there is a risk of fire danger with dry fuels left over from the fall and winter months combined with the low relative humidities & wind.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.