Dropping dew points, decreasing clouds Thursday; more storms this weekend

After a couple cooler days, temps will heat up again

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Forecast highs Thursday
National Weather Service

Lingering humid air should depart Thursday and clouds will decrease. Friday will be bright and dry but more showers and thunder are possible again on Saturday. 

Numerous severe storm reports Wednesday

There were four preliminary tornado reports around Camp Ripley, Lastrup, Aitkin-Deerwood areas, and Malmo Wednesday evening, stretching from Morrison to Crow Wing to Aitkin counties. There were also 16 reports of damaging winds and 45 large hail reports.

Baseball-size hail fell in Marble (Itasca County) with numerous tennis ball-size hail reports, including in Backus (Cass County) and Chisholm (St. Louis County).

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Severe storm reports from Wednesday and Wednesday night
National Weather Service

Rainfall was heaviest in localized bands with the stronger storms from early Wednesday and then the late afternoon and evening storms. In general, there was not a lot of extreme rainfall.

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24-hour estimated rainfall
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Pivotal Weather

Slightly cooler, less muggy Thursday 

After a stormy evening Wednesday, things will be calmer Thursday. We have some lingering showers that will sweep across southern Minnesota Thursday morning.

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Forecast precipitation 6 a.m. through 7 p.m. Thursday
College of DuPage weather lab

Lingering muggy dew points should decrease through the morning Thursday as slightly cooler air moves through the region Thursday.

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Forecast dew points 7 a.m. Thursday through 1 a.m. Friday
NOAA, via Pivotal Weather

We’ll also see decreasing clouds after some lingering morning showers move through portions of the region. Highs will range from the low to mid-80s south to the low 70s north Thursday afternoon.

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Forecast highs Thursday
National Weather Service

Friday will be a very nice day with dry conditions and sunshine most of the day for most. Clouds will start to increase late in the day. Highs will again be in the low 80s to mid-70s.

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Forecast highs Friday
National Weather Service

Storms, heat return this weekend

After a couple comfortable days, the dew points will really increase late Saturday into early next week. Humid air will be combined with hotter temperatures by Sunday and Monday.

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Forecast dew points 7 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Monday
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, via Pivotal Weather

More showers and thunderstorms will already be possible late Saturday into Saturday night as that more humid and warmer air again pushes into Minnesota. 

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Forecast precipitation 4 a.m. Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday
NOAA, via Pivotal Weather

The pattern turns to a hotter one but also stormy Sunday into next week as the heat dome shifts east. Minnesota will be on the western edge of this heat on and off next week.

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The map shows the forecast upper-level pattern Thursday into next week as heat builds.
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, via Pivotal Weather

Sunday and Monday will bring a steamy air mass back to the state along with more possible storms Monday. We’re likely to see our first 90-degree reading in the Twin Cities finally sometime early next week, possibly as early as Sunday afternoon.

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Forecast highs Sunday
National Weather Service

We’re already watching late Monday for possible strong to severe storms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center has already placed the western half of the state in its extended outlook:

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Extended outlook for severe weather potential Monday into Monday night
NOAA Storm Prediction Center