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Rain Leads to Lowered Fire Threat

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reduced our area's fire threat level from "very high" to "low," thanks to showers that began falling in Inver Grove Heights overnight.

Thanks to overnight and morning rain showers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reduced its fire danger rating for Inver Grove Heights and the rest of southern Minnesota to “low” Monday morning.

The danger rating peaked at “very high” over the weekend, when our area experienced a mixture of strong winds, dry land and warmer-than-average temperatures that is ideal for fires to crop up.

Measurable rain began falling in northern Dakota County shortly after midnight, alleviating—at least for the time being—the fire threat.

Sunday’s temperature reached a record high of 66 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the National Weather Service said. The previous record of 61 was set in 1902.

A high of 65 was recorded at the weather service’s observation station at Fleming Field in South St. Paul.

Between midnight and 11 a.m. today, a little less than a half-inch of rain has been recorded at Fleming Field.

How long the fire threat level remains at “low” is anyone’s guess, though. Temperatures are expected to heat up again starting Tuesday, with highs in Inver Grove Heights expecting to reach the high 60s and low 70s for the remainder of the work week.

The next chance for rain is Saturday, according to the weather service.

For the latest weather forecast for Inver Grove Heights, click here.

 

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