We could see some severe weather today and again tomorrow

Hot and humid means storms.

It's hot and humid across much of Minnesota, so you know what that means: storms.

Over the next two days, Minnesota could see some strong to severe storms, including hail, strong winds and heavy rain. Here's what to expect and where:

Wednesday afternoon

People in central Minnesota – including the cities of Brainerd, Duluth, Moorhead, Fergus Falls and Hinckley – could see some strong to severe storms starting late Wednesday afternoon.

This area (yellow on the map below) has a slight risk of severe weather, meaning scattered severe storms are possible, but they won't be widespread. The National Weather Service says large hail, damaging winds and locally heavy rain are the main risks, with only a 2 percent chance of a tornado.

The rest of the state will probably see some thunderstorms too, but the risk of anything severe is lower.

Thursday afternoon

Temperatures are forecast to be in the 80s and 90s again Thursday, which means more storms are possible, including the possibility of "very large hail," damaging winds and torrential rains, the National Weather Service in Duluth says.

“With it being early July, plenty of moisture and instability will be present over the Midwest and a weak cold front will progress southeastward during the afternoon, causing thunderstorms to initialize,” meteorologist John Lavin says, according to AccuWeather.

There's an enhanced risk (tan on the map below) of severe weather for the far southeastern corner of Minnesota and much of Wisconsin, which means numerous severe storms are possible and they'll be more persistent and/or widespread. The risk for severe weather lessens as you move north and west of the enhanced risk area.

Officials say the forecast details for Thursday could change, so keep an eye on the forecast.

The short-lived, hot and muggy weather ends Thursday. Friday and the will be much drier and cooler, with the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities saying the best chance for rain comes Sunday night into Monday.

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