WILLMAR -- Due to the expected high temperatures, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of southern and western Minnesota for today and Tuesday.
Forecasters expect temperatures to reach the upper 80s and lower 90s and the heat index to reach the mid-90s today. The first heat wave of the season may cause problems because people are not yet acclimated to hot weather.
An excessive heat warning has also been issued, but only for Hennepin and Ramsey counties. The warning is in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday. The hot and humid conditions can lead to a heightened risk of heat-related stress and illness. Citizens are urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in the air-conditioning, stay out of the sun and check in on relatives or neighbors.
The forecasted high for today in Willmar is 92 degrees, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms after 4 p.m.
The overnight low is expected to be 67 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of storms between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight.
Temperatures on Tuesday will bounce right back up to 91 degrees with winds increasing to 19 to 22 mph. Gusts could reach 30 mph. Severe storms will continue to be possible Tuesday.
Temperatures will drop to more normal levels on Wednesday. The expected high in Willmar is 78, with winds from 13 to 16 mph.