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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Heavy rains will fall across many drought-plagued parts of Minnesota late Monday night through early Tuesday morning.

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Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect from many central Minnesota counties until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Storms swept across northwestern Minnesota earlier Monday evening, with just reports of hail and tree damage so far.

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There will be a slight chance of severe weather overnight in the Twin Cities, but rain will most likely be all the area will see.

Rounds of rain and localized flooding may occur in several parts of the state Tuesday afternoon, with the system leaving Minnesota by dinner time. Some severe weather is also possible later Tuesday in extreme southeastern and southwestern Minnesota.

On Wednesday, we will likely see our coldest afternoon high temperature in over a month. Sunshine and light wind are forecasted, and dew points will fall to the upper 50s. Thursday will also be dry and pleasant.

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But the humidity will return Friday — and we could be back in the 90s by Saturday afternoon.