Updated: June 04, 2021 10:24 AM
Created: June 04, 2021 09:40 AM
Near-record heat is expected Friday, to kick off a hot weekend.
Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow says temperatures Friday are expected to be in the mid-90s. The record high temperature for June 4 was set in 1968 at 96 degrees.
Barlow said both Saturday and Sunday will be hot, humid and windy as well. Barlow said the record high temperatures for June 5 was set in 1925 and he said the state should easily break that record.
By Sunday evening, a few thunderstorms are expected and it might be even more humid than Saturday. However, Barlow said most of the weekend will be rain-free.
Meanwhile, Barlow said Thursday was the first day of this year the state hit 90 degrees.
During hot weather, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggests drinking plenty of water and eating cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads. NOAA also suggests taking a cool bath or shower and using air conditioners or spending time in air-conditioned locations.
Given the hot weather expected this week, Xcel Energy shared a handful of tips on how to keep homes cool:
Those who must go out during excessive heat events should dress in lightweight, loose clothing that reflects heat and sunlight, NOAA states. Drink plenty of water and minimize exposure to the sun. Do not leave valuable electronic equipment, such as cellphones and GPS units, in hot vehicles. Children, seniors and anyone with underlying health conditions should stay in the coolest places available to them.
Additionally, it's important to keep an eye on pets during hot weather.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA) recommends pet owners avoid exercising pets during the hottest parts of the day. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) also suggests limiting the time pets spend on hot asphalt, as that can burn paw pads.
Just as hydration is key for humans on hot days, the AMVA, ASPCA and American Humane all stress the importance of providing ample water for pets.
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