National Weather Service: Heat Wave Expected Over Holiday Weekend

National Weather Service: Heat Wave Expected Over Holiday Weekend Photo: KSTP/Chris Knoll, File

May 22, 2018 05:00 PM

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, Minnesotans should prepare for an early-season heat wave and record temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. 

NWS issued a special weather statement for a large number of Minnesota counties, as well as western Wisconsin.


Temperatures Thursday and Friday are expected to reach the upper 80s-to-lower-90s across the region. Because of thunderstorms, some areas could see slightly cooler weather.

NWS reported conditions are expected to dry out over the weekend, leading to even warmer weather. Heat indices are expected to reach the 90s.

NWS said while this level of heat is expected at times during the summer, the quick transition from cooler weather last month could enhance the risk for heat-related illness. 


Ben Rodgers

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