Stormy weather follows hottest temperatures of the year so far


The hot temperatures across much of Minnesota Tuesday gave way to some showers and thunderstorms that started in the early evening and brought hail and high winds to central Minneosta.

High temps reached well into the 90s across much of the state Tuesday.

The Twin Cities reached a high of 90, which wasn't all that close to the record high for this date – 95 degrees, which was set in 1976. Fargo hit 92 degrees, and St. Cloud's high was 87.

Rochester tied its high temperature record for the day at 93 degrees, while Montevideo reached 99 degrees at about 4:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A cold front moving through the area brought the showers and thunderstorms, some of which dropped some hail and had strong winds.

The NWS issued a severe thunderstorm watch for parts of southwestern Minnesota until midnight.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were also issued through the evening as the storms move across the state. You can find the list of watches and warnings, updated in real time, on the NWS website.

About 7,000 Xcel Energy customers lost power for a while Tuesday evening, according to WCCO. About 5,000 people of them are in the South St. Paul area, and the rest are in northeast Minneapolis.

You can see the specific areas affected on Xcel's outage map.

By Wednesday, temperatures will cool down a little bit, according to KSTP. Highs will be in the lower 80s then. But a good chance for rain returns on Thursday, with heavier amounts expected from the Twin Cities south, according to KSTP.

Some areas in southeast Minnesota could see 2 inches of rain or more by Thursday night.

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