The heat & humidity may have trailed off late in the week but the doggy days of summer pick right back up this weekend. Humidity levels stay elevated as high temperatures hold near 90 through next week.
High humidity makes the body's natural cooling process less efficient. Evaporation is a cooling process and our bodies naturally cool through evaporation of tiny water droplets off our skin. However, this process of evaporation is slowed and the body can't easily cool itself naturally when humidity is high. Best not to overdo it on the bike this weekend. Heat-related illnesses can really increase in conditions like this.
Friday: Last day with relatively low humidity. Partly sunny. H: 85 Wind: SE 10
Friday Night: Increasing clouds, thunderstorms late. L: 67 Wind: SE 10
Saturday: Morning rain, gradual afternoon clearing. Total rain ~ 0.25" H: 86 L: 71 Wind: SE 10-15
Sunday: Isolated thunderstorm late. Still hot/humid. H: 88 L: 73 Wind: SW 10-15
Monday: Partly cloudy. Isolated storm chance. H: 92 L: 72 Wind: SW 10
Tuesday: Hot, a few clouds. H: 90 L: 69 Wind: SW 5-10
Notice the milky sky lately? What you are seeing is smoke from distant wildfires currently raging across the western U.S. Prevailing winds have been able to carry this smoke into the Midwest. Often times this can create brilliant sunsets as the low sun angle refracts off of the tiny smoke particles.
Minnesota Runs Off Bikes
We all know that Minnesota is one of the top cycling states in the nation. Having major bike company's like Park Tool, QBP and Banjo Brothers make Minnesota a major hub in the world of cycling. While the recession has hit many industries, the cycling industry continues to grow. MPR takes a look deeper into how Minnesota has become a heavyweight in the bicycle industry.
Biking the Badlands
I'll be out in western North Dakota this weekend to tackle the Maah Daah Hey trail. Little nervous, not gonna lie. The trail is remote and water is scarce. Last weekend they had the Maah Daah Hey 100 mountain bike race so I'm hoping some of the trail will be more discernible with the increased tire traffic. From what I've read, only about 8 out of 160 riders finished the Maah Daah Hey 100 with many DNF's due to either the high heat or getting lost or both. Granted I won't be riding 100 miles in one day but it is going to be hot...temps stay in the upper 90s all weekend! Yikes.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story