Update: 12:36 pm. SPC has issued severe thunderstorm watches for much of northern and central Minnesota until 6 pm, along with the southern quarter of the state. Conditions are ripe for large hail and strong, potentially violent (65 mph+) winds throughout the watch areas.
Although these watches don't include the immediate Twin Cities or St. Cloud area, local residents should remain alert to the potential for damaging T-storms into the evening hours.
In addition, an Excessive Heat Warning is posted for much of Minnesota. The combination of heat and humidity will make it FEEL like 105-110 degrees F during the afternoon hours. Slow down, avoid the midday sun, stay hydrated, and look for symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal if not caught in time.
Stay tuned for more updates....