Hot as a Firecracker 04 Jul 12

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THOUGH 10 PM THURSDAY EVENING.

Independence Day: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Heat index values as high as 107. South wind 8 to 11 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 101. North northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.