Weather: The heat was the big story Monday across Minnesota with heat indices in the 100- to 110-degree range. As a result, a heat advisory was posted for most of Minnesota. The Twin Cities metro was under an excessive heat warning for Monday into early Tuesday because of very oppressive heat.
Temperatures climbed into the low- to mid-90s with dew points in the lower 70s Monday afternoon across Central and West Central Minnesota. Parts of Western Minnesota even saw dew points in the lower 80s
All of this heat and humidity gave just the right ingredients for severe weather across parts of Minnesota Monday night.
The Storm Prediction Center had parts of Central and Northern Minnesota in an elevated category for severe weather for Monday night. The main threat was for straight-line winds of 60 to 80 mph and the possibility for tornadoes as well.
Drier and more comfortable weather returned by Tuesday as high pressure returned to the Upper Midwest. Daytime high temperatures will be back to more ?Äúnormal?Äù readings for this time of the year for the midweek.
At this stage, the weekend should be typical for this time of the year with highs in the lower 80s Saturday. We could see some spotty showers late Saturday into Sunday.
Have a great rest of the week.
Weather history: This date in 1987 had the ?Äúgreatest deluge ever in the Twin Cities begins with
10 inches of rainfall in just six hours at the Twin City International Airport.
Weather fact: The deadliest hurricane ever in U.S. history was the Galveston, Texas, hurricane in 1900. It was a Category 4 hurricane that killed an estimated 8,000 people. Some, however, believe that that number is low, with as many as 12,000 deaths that could have taken place.
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 55 High 78
Duluth Low 53 High 76
Central Minn. Low 58 High 78
Twin Cities Low 62 High 81
Rochester Low 59 High 79
Marshall Low 57 High 80
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 78 Low 60 Wind: N 5-10 mph Prec. None
Monday?Äôs sunrise, July 21:
Monday?Äôs sunset: 9 p.m.
Normal High: 81
Normal Low: 60
High pressure will move back into Minnesota by Tuesday night after some severe weather moved across the area Monday night into early Tuesday. This will stay with us through Thursday before a warm front arrives Friday,
July 25, and could bring some scattered showers and thunderstorms to the region. Cooler air will return by Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 70s expected.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms late. High 80 Low 62 Winds: E/SE 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20?Äù
Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 80 Low 62 Winds: S 10-15 mph Prec. .10?Äù-.40?Äù
Saturday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 80 Low 60 Winds: SW/W 10-15>20 mph Prec. Trace-.30?Äù
Sunday: Partly cloudy, 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 77 Low 62 Winds: NW 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20?Äù