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Tornado watch until 10 p.m. Friday for parts of Minn. and Wisc., includes Twin Cities metro area

Excessive heat warning continues until 10 p.m. Friday

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A tornado watch continues until 10 p.m. for the Twin Cities metro area and portions of central and northern Minnesota and northwestern and west-central Wisconsin:

A reminder from the National Weather Service:

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.

Updates on the tornado watch will be issued by the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.

As always, updated weather information can be heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

You can see the recent local NWS radar loop here. The recent radar loop for southwestern Minnesota can be found here, and the southeastern Minnesota loop here. The northeastern Minnesota radar loop and the northwestern Minnesota radar loop are also available.

Steamy!

Highs in the 90s — with dew points well into the 70s — will generate peak heat indexes of 100 to 110 degrees this afternoon across the Twin Cities metro area, southern Minnesota and parts of central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. An excessive heat warning will continue until 10 p.m. in those areas:

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Excessive heat warning continues until 10 p.m. Friday
NWS Twin Cities

Cooler air will spread across Minnesota by Saturday. Minnesota and western Wisconsin highs will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s on Saturday. Sunday highs will range from the mid-70s in northern Minnesota to upper 70s in southern Minnesota.