Scattered showers, thunder drift west to east across Minnesota overnight

Slightly cooler air moves in for the weekend

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Forecast wind gusts Wednesday into Thursday
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Pivotal Weather

Updated 6:35 p.m.

Blustery south winds continue to blow in warmer, more humid air. Northern and western Minnesota will see scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight and what’s left will drift southeast across the state.

Scattered showers, thunder will drift across Minnesota overnight into early Thursday

Scattered showers have been moving across northern Minnesota Wednesday but more storms will develop in South and North Dakota and drift east late in the evening and overnight.

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Forecast precipitation Wednesday afternoon into Thursday midday
College of DuPage

Those initial storms in the evening hours and shortly after midnight could be strong to severe. There’s a slight risk (level 2 out of 5) of severe storms in the eastern Dakotas into far western Minnesota.

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Severe weather forecast for Wednesday evening and overnight
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center

A severe thunderstorm watch is posted for far western Minnesota into mainly the Dakotas through 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

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A severe thunderstorm watch through 1 a.m. in far western Minnesota and mainly the Dakotas

What remains of that activity will drift into southern Minnesota Thursday morning with a marginal risk (level 1 out of 5) of any severe weather.

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Severe weather risk Thursday
NOAA Storm Prediction Center

A warm overnight and hot Thursday

Overnight lows will be rather warm, only in the 70s across southern Minnesota.

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Forecast low temperatures Wednesday night into early Thursday
National Weather Service

Climate Central’s “Climate Shift Index” shows obvious fingerprints of climate change on these abnormally warm summer nights.

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Climate Shift Index (climate change impact) for Wednesday night's low temperature
Climate Central

After morning clouds and some leftover showers clear out, it will once again be a very warm to hot afternoon.

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Forecast high temperatures Thursday
National Weather Service

Somewhat slightly cooler air moves in for the weekend, dropping temperatures into the 80s south and 70s north, but things are likely heating back up already by Sunday into next week.

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