Brandon Weatherz: Tracking smoke and a cooling trend

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Haze from Canadian wildfires will be in our skies today, tonight and tomorrow with few clouds. An Air Quality Alert is in effect across northeast Minnesota until 4 pm today as the air may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. People with heart/lung disease, older adults and children should limit outdoor activities. Dry air will once again bring near-critical fire weather this afternoon, allowing fires to spread rapidly. Fire danger is very high for the majority of the Northland and extreme for Itasca and Koochiching Co.

Temperatures start off mild as a west wind lingers this morning, but a wind shift out of the east will allow temps surrounding Lake Superior to fall into the 50s this afternoon. Highs elsewhere range from upper 60s to mid-70s as a cold front reaches across the Northland from the northeast. Tonight will be cooler with lows in mid-30s to mid-40s looking from east to west. Inland areas return to 70s on Wednesday, but an east wind will keep shoreline communities cooler.

A system moving in from Manitoba brings scattered showers Thursday and a wind shift. Highs will range from near 60 to near 70 with limited lake influence. Rain chances linger Friday, mostly in the morning. The weekend should be relatively quiet and comfortable.

Today: Mostly sunny and breezy with haze from wildfire smoke. Morning high near 65, then temp falls near 55 in the afternoon. NW wind becoming E 10-20 mph.

Tonight: Clear with haze from wildfire smoke. Low 38. E wind 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with haze from wildfire smoke. High 63. E wind 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow night: Becoming mostly cloudy with a slight chance for showers. Low 45. E wind 5-15 mph.

Thursday: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers. High 64. SW wind 10-15 mph. Chance of rain: 60%

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for showers. High 58. NNW wind 10-15 mph. Chance for rain: 30%

Saturday: Sunny and breezy. High 68. NW wind 10-15 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 62. NE wind 10-15 mph.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High 63. E wind 5-15 mph.