Strong storms late Tuesday? Hotter than normal July set to unfold in Minnesota

Storms could be severe in northwest Minnesota late Monday as well.
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Minnesotans will be on a weather rollercoaster this week before things settle into an active, warm patter for the weekend and beyond. 

Monday: Highs in the mid 80s and a bit humid with storms moving into northwestern Minnesota late in the day. Storms could be severe with large hail and damaging winds. 

Tuesday: Storms linger through the morning in western Minnesota, with more storms possibly developing in the Dakotas late in the day and moving across Minnesota overnight through the early morning hours Wednesday. 

Wednesday: High temps in the 70s, a drop in humidity and strong winds howling out of the northwest. Chance of showers along and north of Interstate 94. 

Thursday: This looks to be the best day of the week, with highs around 80 and a lower humidity. 

Friday: Chance of rain as warmth and humidity begin to increase. 

Here's the simulated future radar from the NAM 3KM model, which is reflective from 1 p.m. Monday through midday Wednesday. 

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You can see that a nasty line of storms is expected to move into northwest Minnesota Monday evening. If the storms that form Monday last through the morning hours Tuesday, it could wipe out the chances of storms reaching severe levels on Tuesday. 

But if the storms die out in the morning and the sun breaks out, watch out for more nasty storms, especially in western Minnesota, late in the day Tuesday. 

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Hotter than normal rest of July?

It's looking more and more likely as the Climate Prediction Center has forecast a 70 percent chance of above normal temperatures in Minnesota between July 13-21. 

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The average high temp in Minneapolis in July is around 82 degrees, so expect it to be warmer than that during a muggy stretch of mid-July. 

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