Skip to main content

Here comes Minnesota's heat wave: How long will it last?

Storms could also pop across northern Minnesota on Monday.

Thermometers throughout much of Minnesota have a good chance of touching 90 degrees every day this week – and potentially beyond.

According to the National Weather Service, the hottest temperatures will be across western Minnesota, where daytime highs later this week are forecast to rise into the mid-to-upper 90s. 

The Twin Cities will also be hot and sticky. The big question is just how hot it will get. The majority of computer models keep temps around 90 for the Twin Cities most of the week, but the American model continues to show more intense heat. 

Weather is sponsored by All Energy Solar: get a free installation quote now!

The American model is predicting 94 on Monday in the metro, 97 Tuesday, 91 Wednesday, 93 Thursday, 101 Friday, 97 Saturday and 96 Sunday. 

Making it feel even hotter will be rising dewpoints. The weather service expects dewpoints to surge into the upper 60s and 70s by the end of the work week, which will elevate the heat index to potentially dangerous levels. The NWS Twin Cities says it may need to consider excessive heat watches and warnings later this week. 

The somewhat-good news is that the National Weather Service is monitoring potential for widespread rain chances as we head into the weekend. Nothing is certain at this time, but with more than 50% of Minnesota in severe drought, any rain is welcome. 

That said, the American, Euro and Canadian models keep daily high temps in the 90s through next week, so it could be an extended heat wave for the precipitation-starved Upper Midwest and Northern Plains. 

Small chance of strong storms in northern Minnesota Monday

The Storm Prediction Center has placed a stripe of northern/central Minnesota in a marginal risk for severe storms Monday afternoon. 

"A few storms may become strong to severe this afternoon into evening, and will be capable of producing gusty winds to 60 mph and large hail to the size of golf balls," says the Grand Forks office of the NWS. 

Here's a look at the simulated future radar from the HRRR model. It actually shows some rather robust storm activity that stays alive into Tuesday morning, possibly bringing some rain to the Twin Cities. 

12Z-20210719_HRRRNGP_prec_radar-0-31-10-100

If the HRRR models plays out as it shows, it could be good for the Bemidji area that is suffering through extreme drought conditions, in addition to increased wildfire potential. 

Next Up

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates

Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.

FSmb9kkWAB0UBqk

Volunteer firefighter identified as man killed during Thursday storms

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 63-year-old Ryan Erickson died when a grain bin fell on him.

Juan Ramos, standing outside of his Taco Chon Mexican Grill, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Firm takes on case defending Taco Chon against Taco John's lawsuit

The local Mexican restaurant is fighting a case presented by Taco John's over naming rights, among other things.

Screen Shot 2022-05-14 at 7.32.27 AM

Worker killed in skid loader accident was 23-year-old apprentice lineman

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative called the incident "the unthinkable."

Cascade River 1

Raging North Shore rivers overtake bridges, snap trees in half

Pedestrian bridges near the Lutsen Resort have been damaged by the vast river flow.

u.s. attorney's office

St. Paul man sentenced for 2021 robbery spree

Warren Dean, 27, admitted to robbing seven St. Paul businesses in a span of three days.

FSmfYf0WABgrNhI

Stevens County may have been hit the hardest by Thursday storms

The entire county was without power after the storms blew through Thursday evening.

State Patrol

3 killed, 1 critical after trio of crashes in Minnesota Thursday

One person also faces life-threatening injuries in a crash that happened in Olmsted County.

Screen Shot 2022-05-13 at 1.25.08 PM

Mora woman saves pelican caught in fishing line for days

A birthday fishing trip shapes into a heroic tale.

Kelsey Peterson in the documentary, "Move Me."

Doc depicting MN dancer's journey with paralysis debuts at Twin Cities film festival

The film surrounds St. Paul-born Kelsey Peterson, who continues to pursue her passions in dance after being paralyzed from the chest down in 2012.

Related

Screen Shot 2021-07-15 at 9.49.04 AM

Drought update: Bad news for Minnesota as new heat wave looms

Will next week get as hot as the American model suggests it could? It's possible, though unlikely.

Sweaty days ahead as 'prolonged heat wave' set to impact Minnesota

Storms are also possible Friday in southern Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2021-10-20 at 9.37.24 AM

Here's what the future radar shows; 'a few robust' storms possible

Rain is on the way. Some hail is also possible in stronger storms.

first snow

Any sign of snow in the forecast for Minnesota?

The stars could align for some flurries in northern Minnesota this week, but that's about it.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southern Twin Cities

Storms have been firing across the south metro.

Tracking storm chances midweek, intense heat for the weekend in MN

Heat index values could soar over 100 degrees on Saturday.