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Weekend weather: Hot start, storms possible late Saturday in western Minnesota

The storms should be confined to western Minnesota.

Outdoor plans this weekend? If so, you'd be wise to apply sunscreen, pack some bug spray and watch out for possible thunderstorms late in the day Saturday – especially in western Minnesota. 

Overall, it's setting up to be a good weather weekend, although Saturday will be a bit hot with highs ranging from the 80s to low 90s depending on where you'll be. Check out the forecast temperature map for Friday and Saturday afternoon, but do note that the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities is calling for 87 in the Twin Cities on Saturday, which is warmer than the map suggests. 

One computer model's temperature forecast for Friday (left) and Saturday (right). 

One computer model's temperature forecast for Friday (left) and Saturday (right). 

The NAM 3M computer model is suggesting (GIF below may not load in all browsers) some robust thunderstorm development in the eastern Dakotas Saturday afternoon, then moving into western Minnesota Saturday evening. There's a marginal risk for severe weather in place with large hail and damaging winds possible with storms that go severe. 

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Here's a look at the marginal risk for severe weather on Saturday. A marginal risk is level 1 on a 5-level scale and does not indicate widespread severe weather. 

It's possible that the Storm Prediction Center upgrades the marginal area to a level 2 slight risk on Saturday, but there aren't enough ingredients for a severe weather event similar to what southern Minnesota experienced on Tuesday. 

A cold front will swing through Minnesota Saturday night through Sunday and bring with it less humidity and cooler temps in the 70s. It's looking mostly dry in the metro all weekend outside of some lingering rain chances Sunday. 

Next week could get wet Tuesday and Wednesday, with cooler temperatures. 


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