Risk of severe storms increases Tuesday across Minnesota

Large hail and damaging winds are the main threats.
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Storm chaser Tim Purington snapped this photo north of the Twin Cities on Monday. 

UPDATE: 11:40 A.M.

The Storm Prediction Center has now placed almost all of Minnesota in a slight risk for severe storms. 

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Severe storms rumbled through Minnesota on Monday and more are likely Tuesday as heat and humidity will again provide plenty of fuel to generate powerful storms. 

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service Twin Cities project storms to begin developing in two areas between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 1) across west-central Minnesota and, 2) in east-central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities area. 

"Damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall look to be the primary concerns. With the boundary in the area, cannot entirely rule out a tornado or two either, but the probability is low," the NWS says

There was a marginal risk for severe storms on Monday and the threat has increased to a "slight risk" area for much of central Minnesota (area shaded in yellow in the map below) Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, it won't feel too much cooler than it did Monday when the Twin Cities reached 100 degrees earlier than any other time in recorded history. 

Temperatures Tuesday will soar into the mid-90s across the metro, with high dew points pushing the "feels like" temperature into the upper-90s. 

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With that, an air quality alert and heat advisory have been issued, meaning it's another dangerous day to be outside for extended periods of time if you're working or playing hard, especially during peak heating mid-afternoon and evening. 

Anyone outside is encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and take frequent rest breaks. 

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