Summer weather will be blowing out of the Brainerd area early Thursday.
After peaking at a high of 81 degrees Wednesday, a strong cold front is expected to arrive Thursday morning and bring with it a 40 percent chance of rain, high temperatures in the mid-60s and sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph.
With wind gusts of 45 mph expected, the National Weather Service in Duluth issued a wind advisory from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Dean Packingham, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said several areas set record daily highs for temperature on Wednesday. The daily record in Brainerd is 89 degrees, set in 1956.
“There will be quite a difference behind the front,” Packingham said. “It’s a very strong front. It’s looking pretty dismal in the morning with the rain and then the winds will start cranking up.”
The fire danger on Wednesday in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties remained high, and the DNR is not issuing burning permits until conditions improve. While Thursday’s forecast for strong winds are cause for concern for firefighters, Packingham noted that the possibility of rain, cloudy skies and cooler temperatures could help.
Strong winds aside, the high temperature expected Thursday will fall more in line with the average high temperature of 64 degrees for the end of September.
After the cold front moves through Thursday night the weather should settle toward normal conditions, with the weather service forecasting mostly sunny skies and high temps of 55-60 degrees on Friday, mostly clear skies and high temps of 60-65 degrees on Saturday and mostly clear skies and high temps of 68-73 degrees on Sunday.
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