An air quality alert has been issued for much of the state remains in effect through Sunday because of wildfire smoke from Canadian Wildfires. The smoky skies create a haze effect and actually have prompted lower temperatures in the forecast. The smoke will begin to clear on Sunday with a shift in the winds.
In the Twin Cities, we will see smoky skies for all weekend. At this point, our air quality should stay moderate with the worse of the smoke reaching the surface Saturday afternoon. This is a time when you might want to avoid being outside, especially if you have lung or heart issues or even allergies.
Tomorrow will be similar to today, smoky skies and highs in the middle 80s. A storm system will bring thunderstorms for western Minnesota Sunday afternoon. These storms will move into the Metro Sunday evening.
Showers and cooler temperatures make for a fall-like start to the work week before conditions improve for the start of the MN State Fair!