Minneapolis will end the weekend with the threat for severe weather.
There is concern for some localized severe thunderstorms in the area on Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will be slightly higher as well, climbing into the upper 80s.
Still, temperatures will not reach the record high for this weekend, which topped out at 99 F in 1988.
Those who do plan to be outdoors should take precautions when spending extended amounts of time in the sun and use sunscreen frequently. In high heat, it is equally important to stay adequately hydrated. If outside when storms roll in, seek shelter upon the first sight of lightning or upon hearing thunder.
Looking ahead to next week, more storms will pester the area. Monday could bring thunderstorms, though the threat will taper off into Tuesday. More rain could fall at midweek.
After months of below-normal rainfall, Santiago, Chile, could finally be looking at some beneficial rain for the middle of next week.
The tropics may become active this weekend and into early next week.
The Northwest is dealing with yet another record-challenging heat wave to close out July. While relief will come next week, this heat wave will not be the last of the summer.
Life-threatening heavy rainfall will continue to focus on northeastern India, Bangladesh and western Myanmar into Monday before a drier weather pattern sets in.
Heat and humidity remained in control over the much of the country during the last week of July.
1,178 "reported" tornadoes with 120 killed so far this year. Number of "actual" tornadoes probably less, but this is still one of the most active years ever (nearly half of the fatalities occurred in the Carolina outbreak of March 28th).
Los Angeles, CA (1991)
New July rainfall record of 0.17" established. The previous record was 0.15" set in July 1969.
Mansfield, OH (1992)
13.23" of rain in July -- wettest month on record.