A warm a humid 4th of July; highest thunderstorm chances northern Minnesota

Severe weather and flooding rains possible NW Minnesota

Northwestern Minnesota will have the best chance of thunderstorms this Fourth of July, and some scattered storms may spread into north-central Minnesota this afternoon and into northeastern Minnesota by evening.

Elsewhere in Minnesota (including the Twin Cities metro area) plus western Wisconsin, there is a possibility of an isolated shower and thunderstorm late this afternoon and this evening.

Parts of northwestern Minnesota are already seeing thunderstorms Saturday morning, and flooding rains are possible in Kittson and Marshall counties:

Updates on the weather in northwestern Minnesota will be posted by the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center shows a slight risk of severe thunderstorms in northwestern Minnesota this Saturday and Saturday night. Here are details, from the NWS Grand Forks office:

Saturday and Saturday night severe weather outlook
National Weather Service

Slight risk means that scattered severe thunderstorms are possible.

You can hear updated weather information on the MPR network, and you’ll see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Warm and humid

Our average July 4th high temp is 83 degrees in the Twin Cities metro area. We’ll probably top out in the lower 90s today. Saturday highs will reach the lower 90s in much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin:

Saturday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Northwestern Minnesota and areas close to Lake Superior will have highs in the 80s.

Dew points will be in the sticky 60s:

Saturday 1 p.m. forecast dew points
National Weather Service

This Updraft blog will be updated by around 10 a.m. with details on your Sunday weather and a look at the week ahead.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

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