Undated, MN (KROC AM News) -  It felt like summer in many parts of southern Minnesota Wednesday, which was the warmest day of the year for most cities.

Temperatures climbed into the upper 70’s and lower 80’s in most areas. Redwood Falls was the warmest spot with a high of 85. Minneapolis got up to 84, breaking the previous record for April 1st that was set in 1882. Rochester’s official high was 76 degrees. It was also very windy with gusts clocked at 45 - 50 miles per hour. Rochester’s peak gust was 47 miles per hour.

Overnight rain has eased the danger of wildfire in southeast Minnesota but a Red Flag Warning is in effect for a large part of the state, even northern areas where conditions remain very dry.

The National Weather Service says rainfall totals across southeast Minnesota were generally between a quarter and half inch. Rochester’s overnight total at the airport .64 inches.

It is expected to remain dry through Saturday.

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