After some cooler air the past day or two, highs today in the mid-80s to near 90 ended up pretty close to normal for the date. From here into the near future, the story will quickly become the heat. Tomorrow’s temperatures are still mainly bearable, even if turning hot. But by Friday -- when excessive heat watches are already up -- you’ll probably feel like limiting your time outdoors.

Through Tonight: It should be a pretty fantastic evening, maybe the last for a while, so try to enjoy it! Otherwise, it’s mostly clear but with dew points are on the rise overnight. Nothing oppressive humidity wise, but just enough to help keep temperatures up. Expect lows to range from near 60 in the suburbs to the upper 60s downtown.

Tomorrow (Thursday): A southwest wind continues to usher in higher humidity levels, as well as building heat. Under mostly sunny skies, we’re looking at afternoon temperatures mainly heading into the mid-90s. Winds are fairly light, though they may be gusty for a time in the afternoon.

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Stormy north of the border: With a massive summertime heat ridge spread across the country, severe weather has been squelched most spots. Not quite the case to the north in Canada where storms have been impacting their Plains and prairies for a few days (and more is possible today). Yesterday was a particularly big day, with tornadoes reported across parts of Saskatchewan (see video of one near Moose Jaw).

Pollen update: Tree pollen is low-moderate, grass pollen is moderate, weed pollen is low-moderate and mold spores are low.