Summertime heat returns to the region Wednesday with high temperatures warming through the 80s and 90s across the region. Humidity will also be on the increase with heat index values topping 100 degrees over much of southern Minnesota Wednesday afternoon.
Severe weather and other emergency alerts are coming soon to Minnesotans' smartphones and cellphones. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says it will be ready to send imminent threat alerts by the end of this week.
We had some severe thunderstorm warnings in central Minnesota this (Thursday) morning. Mostly some stronger winds and quarter size hail being reported. Nearly 1 1/2 inches of rain fell with the morning showers.
Isolated weak thunderstorms may be embedded in the showers moving through the state today (Wednesday). Severe weather is not expected. The National Weather Service says much of Central and Southern Minnesota could see 3-5 inches of rain over the next seven days.
Highs this afternoon will reach into the 90s across eastern and southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. Strong to severe thunderstorms will develop during the afternoon across western Minnesota as a cold front moves in from the Dakotas.
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory. It will be in effect until 7:00 p.m. tonight (Thursday) from St. Cloud south and west. Alexandria, Willmar and Litchfield are also included in the advisory.
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