A ripple of low pressure whips up locally heavy rain today and a few severe storms; the best chance is for south/east of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Today should be the wettest day of the week.

A coolish Tuesday gives way to another warming trend later in the week. NOAA's GFS predicts 99 in the metro Sunday. I don't think that will happen, but do expect temperatures in the 90s and thunderstorms this weekend.

It's a genuine summer sizzler out there across the United States. Meteorologists should be serving towels with their sauna-like outlooks.

According to Climate Central, NASA and NOAA data show 2020 as the second warmest year on record to date. 2016 is still the warmest, worldwide, followed by 2020, 2019, 2017 and 2015.

A planetary warming trend is turning up the volume on summer heat indexes (what the temp actually feels like), as well as floods in the east, fires in the west and possibly hurricane intensities.