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Today is going to be hot and humid – and then it'll get really stormy

Any true Minnesotan knows hot and humid weather means storms are on the way. And some could be severe.

More severe storms are headed our way.

The forecast has temperatures rising into the 80s and maybe 90s, with the humidity making it feel even hotter. And any true Minnesotan knows hot and humid weather means storms are on the way.

And this round could be severe. The Storm Prediction Center has the Twin Cities and much of central and western Minnesota under the "enhanced" risk of severe weather (orange on the map below), meaning numerous severe storms are possible and they could be widespread. Meanwhile, much of the rest of the state is under a "slight" risk (yellow on the map), meaning scattered severe storms are possible.

The National Weather Service says the main threats in west-central Minnesota are large hail (greater than tennis ball size) and damaging winds. There could also be isolated tornadoes, although the Storm Prediction Center says there's a 2-5 percent chance we'll see any.

Meanwhile, the eastern part of the state will see mainly large hail and damaging winds, as well as the possibility of "torrential downpours" totaling 2-4 inches in some areas, which could cause flooding, the weather service says.

That's especially the case for places like Mankato and Albert Lea, which saw a bunch of rain Sunday night, the agency notes. So if you live near a river, stream or an area prone to flash flooding, be prepared to seek higher ground, the weather service said in its hydrologic outlook for southeastern Minnesota.

Timing of the storm

The storms are expected to move east down the Interstate 94 corridor from later this afternoon into early Wednesday morning. Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Alexandria are in an area that will likely see the strongest storms between 5-7 p.m., the National Weather Service's tweet shows (see below).

Meanwhile, Brainerd, St. Cloud, Willmar and the Twin Cities will get the strongest storms a bit later, between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

So stay alert for watches and warnings tonight, they'll probably happen, meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog. And know what to do – and where to go – if a weather alert is issued.

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