Friday’s heat in Brainerd set a new daily record, besting the previous mark set 111 years ago.
The record was set about 4 p.m., when the thermometer hit 91 degrees. The previous record of 90 degrees was set in 1901. The average high temperature on May 18 in Brainerd is 68 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.
Friday’s high heat and strong winds resulted in high fire dangers, with red flag warnings in western Minnesota and high to very high fire ratings in the Brainerd area.
That danger is likely to decline Saturday, with a 70 percent chance or rain and thunderstorms forecast by the National Weather Service. A 50 percent chance of rain showers is forecast on Sunday.