Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Temperatures to creep close to 100 during heat wave

Temperatures to creep close to 100 during heat wave

An Excessive Heat Warning is in place for much of central and southern Minnesota as well as western Wisconsin, including all of the Twin Cities metro from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday evening.

Highs on Thursday are expected to be near 100 degrees, with it feeling as hot as 112 degrees because of the high humidity.

A Heat Advisory means a period of hot temperatures is expected. High humidity makes it more hard for your body to cool off on its own.

Forecasters say it will be warm and muggy along the ME coast, but still cooler than communities farther inland. The heat index values could surpass 100 degrees from Washington, D.C., to New York, Connecticut and Vermont. On Saturday the peak heat index values were hotter than they were Friday in the upper 100s.

The Red Cross is urging everyone to stay safe in the intense heat by following several tips: drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and caffeine, wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing, andstay inside where it's air conditioned.

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SUNDAY - Sunny and Dangerously Hot and humid, Heat Index 100+.

The heat index is in triple digits in Kansas City, Des Moines and even Minnesota - where the Minneapolis Star Tribune said the state is now like "Saudi Arabia with lakes". We'll still have highs topping out in the low 90s with high humidity once again.

Heat indices that high can cause heat stroke and death for anyone outside too long. Heat and humidity still dominate the region with temperatures in the low to mid 80s.

90s are in our forecast nearly off of next week with perhaps a slight cool down on Friday. If you have an air conditioner, it will be doing lots of work in the coming days.

Scattered storms will be likely Saturday night although most models have backed off on rainfall amounts (still one that indicates some healthy rainfall totals) but something to keep an eye on. Highs will remain in the upper 80s to around 90. The National Weather Service and AccuWeather both are predicting a chance of showers and thunderstorms sometime after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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