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Air quality alert in effect for Minnesota Monday as temperatures cool to average

NEXT Weather: 10 p.m. report for Minnesota on May 13, 2024
NEXT Weather: 10 p.m. report for Minnesota on May 13, 2024 03:04

MINNEAPOLIS — An air quality alert remains in effect for much of Minnesota on Monday.

Wildfire smoke drifting down from Canada is causing poor air quality in parts of the state. The alert was set to expire at noon, but was extended to 11 p.m. in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.

For the metro, air quality is at the orange level, which means it is unsafe for those in sensitive groups, like the elderly, children and those with heart or lung conditions. Farther south, air quality has reached the red level, which means it is unhealthy for everyone.

After a toasty Mother's Day, temperatures will be cooler, but still right around average. The Twin Cities should top out in the lower 70s.    


Tuesday will be similar to Monday, minus the air quality concerns — though some haze could still linger. Expect highs in the lower 70s, sun and a calm wind.

If you didn't catch the northern lights over the weekend, you may have missed your shot. It will be much harder to see Monday night.

Wednesday will start out dry with rain moving in by the evening, though nothing severe is expected. The rain should continue into Thursday morning before drying later in the day.

Temperatures stay around average all week before possibly taking a jump this weekend.

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