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Heat wave could produce one of the five hottest Memorial Days on record in Minnesota

With the heat comes a risk for severe storms on Thursday.

It's going to feel like summer in Minnesota for the next week or so, with daily high temperatures possibly soaring into the 90s beginning Thursday all the way through Memorial Day. 

In Minneapolis, the high temps Thursday-Monday are 90, 90, 91, 92 and 90. It'll be even hotter in west-central Minnesota with temps reaching the mid-90s each day. 

As for Memorial Day, it could be the hottest we've had in a decade and maybe one of the five hottest on record. 

According to the NWS, it hasn't been 90 degrees on Memorial Day in the Twin Cities since MSP Airport reached 94 degrees in 2006. The five warmest Memorial Day temps in the Twin Cities are: 

  1. 95 degrees, 1939
  2. 94 degrees, 2006
  3. 91 degrees, 1988, 1994
  4. 88 degrees, 1944, 2011

The five warmest Memorial Day temps on record in St. Cloud: 

  1. 92 degrees, 1939, 1994, 2006
  2. 91 degrees, 1988
  3. 86 degrees, 2014

The forecast high for St. Cloud on Monday is 89 degrees. 

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In addition to the heat and humidity there are chances of storms, which are ongoing Wednesday morning across southern Minnesota, with some areas soaked with up to four inches of rain. 

Those will be followed with the chance for more storms across central and east-central Minnesota Wednesday night, and then severe weather is possible Thursday with hail and high winds the main threats. 

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