North of St. Cloud, there is an excessive heat watch; in southwestern Minnesota, a severe thunderstorm warning, and in northeastern Minnesota, a severe thunderstorm watch.
'Extended periods of sunny, hot, humid and calm weather are the ideal breeding ground for poor air quality conditions, ' stated AccuWeather meteorologist Faith Eherts.
The heat will expand toward the Northeast on Saturday with temperatures in the 90s and heat index values into the upper 90s.
The big weather story is the continuation of the extreme heat but closely monitoring a cold front set to move into the area Saturday night into Sunday morning bringing a chance for storms and cooler temperatures for the second half of the weekend.
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Once the Minnesota winter of 2017-18 finally ended (remember the blizzard of April 14?), how many people said they'd never complain about the heat again? Temperatures near - and above - 100 degrees Fahrenheit are combining with thick humidity to present serious health hazards.
The weather service said conditions will vary locally, with urban areas often seeing heat index values higher than nearby rural areas.
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Drink plenty of water, stay in the air-conditioning and out of the sun. The heat will be more than enough to cause problems, but the humidity will be high as well.
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The heat index is in triple digits in Kansas City, Des Moines and even Minnesota - where the Minneapolis Star Tribune said the state is now like "Saudi Arabia with lakes". Expect high temperatures in the low 90°s. A few passing showers show up in the late afternoon. The weather service warned residents to check on the elderly and those without air conditioning. Highs will remain in the upper 80s to around 90. That's because the high levels of humidity mean that sweat stays on your skin, versus evaporating and cooling it.
FRIDAY | Mostly cloudy with thunderstorm chances.
One difference from Saturday, winds will be a bit more brisk at times, gusting to near 20 miles per hour out of the south.
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