4th of July forecast for Minneapolis
Happy birthday, America! We’re going to see a hot, humid day – something you might expect on July 4 in Minnesota. We also may see some of mother nature’s fireworks as well – and what would a 4th of July be without using that term?
There’s a chance for severe storms today, as well. Here’s a look at the severe risk for Minnesota from the National Weather Service – Twin Cities’ office:
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) July 4, 2018
We’ll talk about those storm chances in a moment.
Additionally, today’s heat could make us feel like 100 degrees, or hotter. Make sure you stay hydrated. Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
Looking ahead today, we’ll be watching our first wave of storm energy pass through Minnesota in the early section of the day – which could lead to a few clouds, but likely no storms:
The future radar for that time period looks pretty ominous – but as we fast-forward a bit you can see the northern and southern sections of the storm are likely to stay separate:
There’s still a chance from that early round of storms – which would arrive in early afternoon. Looking ahead toward late-afternoon/early evening, that’s when you could see more thunderstorms pop up:
You can see that chance in the image above, and that’s when the atmosphere would be most-primed for strong to severe thunderstorms. That doesn’t mean they’ll happen, but it could.
Looking toward late-evening/overnight, you can see showers and thunderstorms still lingering around central Minnesota and the Twin Cities:
Overnight we could still see lingering showers/storms, as we head into Thursday. Then we’ll quickly clear up – and we switch to quieter, sunny, conditions… all the way through the weekend. Stay tuned!
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis, is on the Midtown Greenway Coalition's board of directors, and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. Deep down he's a weather geek and has a degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from UW-Madison to prove it. He's spent time working at TV stations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa prior to arriving in Minneapolis to work for WeatherNation and now forecasting for MinnyApple. His favorite weather career moment came while storm chasing for his Iowa station (he went on 40+ storm chases during that time), when he saw a mile-wide EF-4 rated tornado.