Warm. Humid. Hazy. Stormy.
Those are the weather elements in play Friday across parts of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities.
Everyone will get the warmth, with highs reaching 80 by noon and soaring into the mid to upper 80s Friday afternoon. The high in the Twin Cities is forecast to reach 87.
Everyone will get a taste of humidity, too, with dewpoints rising to around 60, making the air feel much thicker than it has most of the spring.
Everyone will get some hazy skies as smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to work its way through our upper air. Air quality, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is not expected to reach unhealthy levels. Depending on cloud cover Friday night, the sunset could be spectacular because of the smoke.
Not everyone will see storms, but some strong, possibly even severe storms are expected to develop Friday afternoon and evening. They'll be spotty in nature, as evidenced by the simulated future radar.
The 11z HRRR model (may not load in all browsers) shows storms trying to fire up around 3 p.m. west of the Twin Cities, with more developing on a west-to-east line as the afternoon goes.
Widespread severe weather is not expected, but some storms could have enough energy to flare up and go severe.
"Severe hail and locally damaging winds can be expected with the strongest storms, mainly late this afternoon through evening," says the Storm Prediction Center, which has placed the Twin Cities and areas west in a marginal risk of severe storms.
This weekend – another big graduation party weekend – is going to be darn near perfect, with temps in the 70s and plenty of sunshine. In fact, the next chance at any appreciable rain doesn't come until Tuesday.