Hot weather today; Severe thunderstorms scattered

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After a very hot weekend, another hot day is shaping up for much of eastern KELOLAND. A cold front is moving east and Rapid City will only be in the low 80s today. This front will also trigger areas of severe weather later in the day, both ahead and behind it.

The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted a risk of severe weather across much of South Dakota today, as shown in yellow. Damaging winds are the biggest threat along with pockets of large hail.

FutureCast shows the possibility of more storms by mid to late afternoon. Again, these storms are likely to form in scattered clusters, with the best chance of severe weather concentrated near the front, from near Valentine to Winner in the early evening. If these storms develop and mature, they could track northeast and produce very intense winds towards Huron and Watertown. Additional thunderstorms will develop in the Black Hills where hail will be the main threat. Sioux Falls could also see a chance of these storms after 6 p.m.

Stay cool as best you can with the heat. Also note the strong winds again from the south of 30 mph at the East River.

Tomorrow will be cooler and less humid as the winds shift to the west or northwest during the day.

Warmer weather will return Thursday and Friday with a chance of thunderstorms by the end of the week. Cooler weather looks more likely on Sunday with highs near 80s.

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