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Believe the hype: Intense heat, severe storms in Minnesota Friday

The big day is here and it looks like the heat will live up to the hype.

It's Friday and it appears that the much talked about heat will live up to the hype, with temperatures forecast to be reach 90-100 degrees across much of Minnesota, including a daytime high of 99 in Minneapolis with a heat index value of 107 degrees. 

The heat index is the summer equivalent to the wind chill in the winter, showing what the temperature combined with humidity makes the air feel like. Here's a look at expected heat indices across the area today. 

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It aims to be even hotter in far southeast Minnesota, where the maximum heat index values could reach 115 degrees, according to the La Crosse office of the National Weather Service. 

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Meanwhile, a bowing line of severe thunderstorms is blasting through northern Minnesota early Saturday. 

As of 5:30 a.m., severe thunderstorm warnings and an isolated tornado warning were in effect on a north-to-south line from Ponemah to Bemidji and down to Detroit Lakes. 

Radar at 5:25 a.m. Friday. 

Radar at 5:25 a.m. Friday. 

The storms are racing to the east at approximately 60 mph and producing damaging winds and hail. 

The morning line of storms is the first of of a few that could still rumble across parts of the state over the next 48 hours. 

Damaging winds and large hail will be the main threats with any storms that reach severe levels again late Friday night, likely after 9 p.m, according to the NWS, and then again in southern Minnesota on Saturday. 

There's also a threat for flooding rains with storms that develop in southern Minnesota on Saturday. The ground is already saturated, so any areas that receive repeated or long-lasting heavy rain are at risk of increased flooding. 

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