By Lisa Meadows

UPDATE (11 p.m.): Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for Anoka, Hennepin and Wright counties until 11:45 p.m.

UPDATE (10:54 p.m.): Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for Carver, Hennepin, McLeod and Wright counties until 11 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The month of March was the 8th warmest on record for Minneapolis and the warm weather trend is continuing into April. The Twin Cities broke a record for high temperatures on Monday. But WCCO’s meteorologists are looking at the possibility for severe weather this evening.

According to the National Weather Service Twin Cities, the Twin Cities hit 80 degrees just before 12:30 p.m. That tied the old record, set April 5, 1991. And temperatures continued upward, reaching at least 84 degrees Monday afternoon.

Unsurprisingly, this is the metro’s first 80-degree day of 2021.

The Twin Cities was even warmer than the usual hot spots across the country like Los Angeles and Miami. It may not have been as warm as the Gulf of Mexico — actually only about 50 degrees in the water — but WCCO saw Minnesotans swimming in Bde Maka Ska Monday afternoon.

Severe weather is also a factor Monday, with isolated storms developing after 7 p.m. A few may contain some hail and higher wind gusts. These should pull through the Twin Cities by 1 a.m. with the severe threat ending at this time.

Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says the severe weather threat is a “a conditional threat meaning that storms may not be able to overcome the modest amount of t-storm fuel.”

The temperature outlook for mid-April is above average, when our high is usually 56 degrees. That’s good news if you like spring-like weather, because if you remember April 12 of last year, the Twin Cities got over a half a foot of snow.

Lisa Meadows