It's going to get seriously hot this Friday

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In the process of busting out the fall decor and packing away the shorts and bikinis? Well STOP.

Friday may be the first day of fall, but the weather is going to be anything but fall-like in Minnesota, because it's going to get really, really hot.

The National Weather Service is predicting near-record temperatures, with early forecasts suggesting the mercury could hit as high as 93 degrees in the Twin Cities, with similarly scorching temperatures expected in the rest of southern Minnesota.

It could push close to breaking the 71-year temperature record for Sept. 22, which was 95 degrees recorded in 1936.

Minnesotans are being told to expect a "hot and humid" Friday, and while the record high might not be surpassed, the record low could be.

"Lows Friday will likely set new records at Minneapolis St. Paul, St. Cloud, and Eau Claire," the NWS forecast discussion says, adding temperatures probably won't drop below the lower 70s.

And what will follow over the weekend? Probably some storms, with another weather front approaching that will create a "very unstable atmosphere in conjunction with impressive wind shear."

"Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are likely to develop as the front approaches," the NWS says.

A severe thunderstorm passed over Minnesota on Tuesday night, bringing with it frenzied lightning strikes and high winds.

Parts of the state, particularly in central Minnesota, sustained damage, including this industrial building that was blown down in Melrose.

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