Less humid but still plenty of heat

Portions of northern and central Minnesota enjoyed much lower dew points this afternoon, along with a little bit of a north breeze. Sunshine likely made for pretty good beach and lake weather in the resort regions.

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NOAA visible satellite image from 330 p.m. CDT

At 4 p.m. CDT St. Cloud reported a temperature of 87 degrees with a dew point of 52 and a northeast wind of 9 mph. Compare that to a temperature of 96 degrees and a dew point of 75 degrees at the same time on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Eden Prairie, in the Twin Cities west metro, checked in with a temperature of 93 degrees and a dew point of 73 degrees at 4 p.m.

A frontal boundary will be more clearly identified with convergencing surface winds later this evening over far southern Minnesota. Thunderstorms are most likely to form in the eastern Dakotas and travel north of the front overnight. Weather should be dry for outdoor activities early this evening in MInnesota.

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Weather map for 7 a.m. Friday. Source: NOAA

There will be one more day of 90-degree temperatures in southern Minnesota on Friday before a more serious cool front pushes south through the Great Lakes on Friday night. Some needed rain may occur with strong thunderstorms on Friday. In the last two weeks, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport has tallied less than a quarter inch of moisture.

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Severe weather threat defined by the Storm Prediction Center/NOAA for Friday.

High pressure, with light winds and seasonal temperatures is forecast to settle over Minnesota on Sunday.

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Temperature forecast from GFS for 7 p.m. CDT Sunday. Source: NOAA and College of Dupage.

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