Mother Nature could bring 4th of July fireworks to Minnesota

Highs near 90 in southern Minnesota with dew points in the 70s.
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Mother Nature could play a big role in any plans Minnesotans make for the Fourth of July.

Not only will it be hot and humid on Wednesday, but it could turn into a stormy day across much of the state. The Storm Prediction Center has already placed a large portion of Minnesota under a slight risk for severe storms. 

The area shaded in yellow currently stands the best chance to get severe weather on Wednesday. 

The area shaded in yellow currently stands the best chance to get severe weather on Wednesday. 

The forecast details will likely change over the next 48 hours, but at this point, storms are expected to develop in the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon and then spread east as a line of storms capable of producing damaging winds and large hail. 

The heat is also a concern for Wednesday as temps in the upper 80s and low 90s will combine with tropical dew points in the 70s to produce heat index values close to 100 degrees across southern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. 

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In the meantime, isolated severe storms are possible over west-central Minnesota Monday afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging winds are the main threats. 

NOAA's HRRR forecast model shows the possibility of strong storms developing in the late afternoon and then moving through central Minnesota. This is a simulated future radar, not an exact projection of what will happen. 

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