Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, but you wouldn’t know it by the sweltering July-like heat blanketing Minnesota and other areas across the nation. Unlike last week, this week Twin Citians will have to contend with tropical humidity, with dew points in the low 60s.
Consequently, a heat advisory has been issued for Scott, Carver, Washington, Ramsey, Anoka, Hennepin, and Dakota Counties until June 10 at 8 pm, when things are expected to cool down a bit. Until then, expect high temperatures in the 90s each day and overnight lows in the mid-70s.
Hot temps and increasing humidity can cause heat-related illnesses. Here are a few tips to be mindful of:
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heatstroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, extreme heat events in Minnesota are expected to become more common, more severe, and longer-lasting as our climate changes. Understanding local vulnerabilities and taking appropriate environmental and community measures to ensure that people can stay cool and hydrated during an extreme heat event are instrumental to preventing heat-related health impacts.
Know the signs: