Heat and humidity are on the rise Friday, which will help fuel storms moving across the state, including a risk for severe weather.
Southerly winds overnight kept warmer air in place, which has most of Minnesota waking up in the 60s Friday morning. That is milder than many previous mornings this week. The winds pick up through the day, making it breezy by afternoon, with southern and central Minnesota seeing gusts over 20 mph. The winds continue to draw in warmer air, putting most of the state in the 80s for highs.
Dew points also rise into the 60s and 70s, making for a noticeably more humid afternoon.
As of Friday morning, there were already a few isolated showers and storms in eastern Minnesota, lingering from very spotty activity in the overnight. Now, a much broader area is starting to push into west-central Minnesota.
This will continue to spread showers and storms into central and northern Minnesota by Friday afternoon. Then the wet weather chances expand through the southern edge of the state, including the Twin Cities, Friday evening through the overnight.
Severe weather is anticipated with the storms, especially a wind and hail threat, but isolated tornadoes are also possible.
Periods of heavy rain are also likely, especially in central and northern Minnesota, where there could be widespread rain totals over an inch, and localized amounts of a few inches.
The weekend brings additional chances for storms and severe weather. That forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.