Cooler temps and clear skies did not last long.

After a couple of days with clear skies and temperatures below scorching, the haze and heat are back again. The relief was short-lived, but there is a possibility this round of smoke and heat will also be short-lived. Why? Because storms should be rolling into the BisMan area by the end of the week.

The air quality in North Dakota is back to being considered "unhealthy."

It was such a relief to have a few days of blue skies and double-digit temps last week. But the heat kicked up again yesterday (Sunday) and the thick smoke greeted me on the drive to work this morning - the sun was even red and blurry. In case you did not notice how much havoc the smoke is wreaking in Bismarck-Mandan, reports that the air quality in western North Dakota is back to being considered "unhealthy." And it is as if there is not enough Visine or water to combat the dryness. Even worse, our lungs must be getting "smoked out."

The temperature will hover around 100 degrees for the next few days.

On top of that, the heat is supposed to peak at 104 degrees today and sit around 100 through Wednesday. But, the National Weather Service predicts that temperatures will be cooling off into the 70s and there is a chance that we will have some storms by the end of the week. We could use the rain, let's hope we actually do get a decent amount of it.

I do not want to wish away the summer, but it is nearly impossible to spend any time outside right now. I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming fall season.

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