Hot weather returns, with a chance of storms in eastern Minnesota

Storms could become severe, primarily in Wisconsin.
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Today marks the beginning of a mini heat wave, which is a generous description of what the next handful of days will be like across Minnesota as temps soar into the mid-to-upper-80s, with some spots reaching the low-90s. 

In the Twin Cities, the high Wednesday should be around 88 degrees with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, albeit a slim chance, so don't plan your day as if it's going to storm.

In the event that it does though, the storms have the potential to reach low-end severe levels with very heavy rain, frequent lightning, small hail and strong winds. 

The Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of northeast and east-central Minnesota as having a marginal risk for severe weather. But again, as future radar simulation shows, those storms will most likely be in Wisconsin. 

Here's the simulated future radar showing what could happen from 3 p.m. through midnight. 

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Further west the temps will reach the low-90s, with 92 the forecast high in Marshall, 91 in Moorhead and 93 in Madison, Minnesota. 

It'll be 88 in St. Cloud, 90 in Mankato and 86 in Rochester. 

The above normal temperatures are expected to stick around through the upcoming weekend. 

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