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Area weather: Weekend could be stormy

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After a beautiful and comfortable day on Thursday, the humidity is starting working its way back into the area. The high in Morris on Thursday, for example, was a very pleasant 81 degrees after a morning low of 60 degrees. Temperatures, however, climbed back into the mid to upper 80s on Friday. Dewpoints, which were in the 50s on Thursday, climbed back into the upper 60s and lower 70s by Friday. Heat indices were that the 100 to 125 degrees like they were earlier in the week, but you could certainly feel the humidity once again on Friday.

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For this weekend, we have a couple of systems at work. First of all, an area of low pressure coming out of Nebraska will bring some showers and thunderstorms to the state. In addition, another disturbance will come out of the Rockies that will also bring a chance of storms to the state for Saturday. Some of these storms may be on the strong to severe side on Saturday. The main threat will be some large hail and damaging winds. Some isolated tornadoes can not be ruled out across the state as well. The best chance for the real strong storms on Saturday will be east of Alexandria towards the Twin Cities, but other areas could see some storms as well..

High pressure will return to the state on Sunday allowing for sunshine and drier conditions. A lingering shower is possible in the early morning hours on Sunday, but then the sky will clear-out. Highs on Sunday should reach the upper 70s and lower 80s. Monday should remain quiet before chances for rain return by Tuesday into Wednesday. Highs next week will be in the 80s.

Have a great weekend!

Mark Anthony, Chief Meteorologist

Weather history: On this date in 1985 the Alexandria area had a record low of a chilly 47 degrees!

Weather fact: Dew point is by far the better measurement of how humid the air feels.

This is the case because "dew point is a measurement of how much humidity is in the air." In contrast, relative humidity tells you how much humidity is in the air "compared with how much can be in the air at the temperature the air happens to be when you measure it." This means that the relative humidity "goes down as the temperature goes up even though the amount of water vapor in the air (humidity) remains the same."

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead...Low...69...High 83

Duluth....Low...65...High 82

Morris...Low..69.. High 88

Twin Cities...Low...72...High 90

Rochester...Low...69...High 88

Marshall...Low...73...High 90

Today: Variable clouds, 50% chance of showers/t-storms. Some may be severe. High 88 Low 64 Winds: SE/SW 10-15 mph Prec. .25"-1"

Today's sunrise: 5:53 am Today's sunset: 9:02 p.m.

Normal High: 81 Normal Low: 60

An area of low pressure will push through the state and bring a good chance of showers and thunderstorms to the region. Some of the storms could be strong to severe on Saturday.

Sunday: Becoming partly cloudy, 20% chance of showers/t-storms early then a clearing sky. High 79 Low 62 Winds: SW/NW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10"

Monday: Partly cloudy. High 86 Low 71 Winds: NE 5-15 mph Prec. None

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, 20% chance of showers/t-storms. High 88 Low 71 Winds: E 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10"

Wednesday: Increasing cloudiness, 50% chance of showers/t-storms. High 87 Low 69

Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. .25"-.75"

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