Precautions Urged for Excessive Heat, Humidity

Updated: 07/22/2014 6:07 AM
Created: 07/20/2014 7:16 AM
By: Megan Stewart

Health officials are urging Minnesotans to take precautions in dealing with high temperatures and humidity.
The National Weather Service says the humidity made temperatures feel like 100 to 108 degrees Monday across much of Minnesota. The weather service extended an excessive heat warning for Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Ramsey, Hennepin, Scott and Carver counties until 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The hot and humid conditions may lead to a heightened risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially for the young and old, according to NWS. Monday marked the second time this summer temperatures hit the 90s, but it was the first heat warning we've seen.

Health officials are encouraging people to drink plenty of water and other fluids, stay out of the sun, check up on relatives and neighbors and stay in air-conditioned rooms whenever possible.

Hennepin County has put together an interactive map to give people ideas of places to go to stay cool. There are dozens of public libraries, community centers, Salvation Army centers, shopping malls and movie theaters across the county. County leaders want to make sure residents are aware of the options they have to stay cool in case they don’t have air conditioning to keep cool at home.

Hot temps have more people hitting the pools and beaches to cool off. Hennepin County wants everyone to make sure swimmers are taking precautions and staying safe to prevent drownings.

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Broken Clouds
82° | 65°
  • Feels like: 75° F
  • Wind: SSW 7mph
  • Humidity: 55%