*HEAT SAFETY TIPS*: If you plan to be outside, be sure to drink plenty of water, seek shade in a cooler environment often, wear sunscreen and be sure to check on those most susceptible to the heat.
TODAY: It's going to be another hot and muggy day with dewpoints remaining in the 60s. After some morning fog, we'll see sunny to mostly sunny skies as high pressure continues to dominate. Winds trend calm and variable this morning, but will become ESE to ENE at 3-10 mph in the afternoon. Highs soar into the upper 80s to mid 90s, but lakeside areas will cool into the 70s for the afternoon. Heat index values will be in the 90s so be sure to use caution if you plan to be outside.
TONIGHT: High pressure will bring us calm winds and clear skies once again. An upper-level wave will pass across northwestern Minnesota and could spark a shower or thunderstorm west of I-Falls and Bigfork during the evening. Fog will likely develop once again overnight. Lows fall back into the mid 50s to mid 60s.
FOURTH OF JULY: We'll start the day with sunny to mostly sunny skies, but will become partly cloudy to mostly sunny in the afternoon. Some isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and evening. The best chance looks to be across northern Minnesota. The far northwestern portions of the area could see an isolated strong to severe thunderstorm. Into Saturday night, we'll see a partially clear sky with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible. Winds trend calm early, then become S to SW at 2-8 mph. Highs are in the mid 80s to mid 90s with lows in the 60s to near 70.
FIREWORKS FORECAST: Most of the area will see partly to mostly cloudy skies with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible. Winds will be light to calm with temps in the 70s to low 80s.
SUNDAY: An upper-level wave will approach the area, bringing us a 30% chance of some scattered showers and thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon hours. We'll see partly sunny skies otherwise with a light wind. Highs will be in the 80s with lows in the 60s. Dewpoints will remain in the 60s to near 70.
NEXT WEEK: The warmth and humidity will continue for most, if not the entire week. We'll see partly to mostly cloudy skies and scattered hit and miss chances of showers and thunderstorms. A few strong to marginally severe storms are possible, but the severe threat is low as of now. It'll remain humid with dewpoints in the mid 60s to low 70s. Highs will be in the 80s to near 90 with lows in the 60s to near 70.