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Mark Anthony

Big heat wave coming with high heat indices: Stay cool!

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

A few spotty showers fell across the state on Saturday, but for the most part it was really a great weekend. Most of the storms on Saturday stayed well to our south and west. Thunderstorms hit parts of Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. I know that was welcome news to those around the state of Minnesota that are still dealing with flooding concerns following all that rain the previous week.

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The start of this week was also very pleasant with temperatures in the 70s and 80s throughout greater Minnesota. Humidity levels were in the 40s on Monday and that allowed folks to mow their lawns and do other outdoor activities without breaking much of a sweat.

It will be a different story for the midweek, however, as a warm-front will bring a big heat wave to the Upper Midwest. Highs will reach the upper 80s and lower 90s, but taking into account dew points in the 70s, it will feel more like 100 to 105 degrees. The winds will also be light on Wednesday so don't expect much of a breeze to help you out at all.

With heat indices around 100 degrees, make sure you drink plenty of water. If you work outdoors try to do most of your work in the morning or late in the day when temperatures are cooler. The warmest point of the day, of course, is typically between the hours of noon to 5 p.m.

I know I will be sitting by the air conditioner sipping on some lemonade to stay cool! Here's hoping you will do the same! Also, please look out for your pets during these hot days. Our dog Lufina says her "dog and cat buddies will appreciate it very much!"

Stay cool!

Weather history

Today in weather history in 1908 a tornado hit Clinton in Big Stone County resulting in damage to the community and loss of life.

Weather fact

Although tornados have been reported worldwide, most happen in the United States!

Minnesota at a glance

Moorhead: Low 71; High 90.

Duluth: Low 68; High 88.

Park Rapids: Low 70; High 89.

Twin Cities: Low 73; High 92.

Rochester: Low 72; High 93.

Marshall: Low 74; High 95.

Wednesday

Partly cloudy, hot and humid, high near 90 degrees. Heat indices in the lower 100s likely. High 90; Low 67. Winds: SW/W 5-10 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.20". Sunrise: 5:32 a.m. Sunset: 9:15 p.m. Normal high: 78; Normal low: 57.

Look for a warm-front to impact the region for the midweek that will bring temperatures into the upper 80s and low to mid 90s to the state. It will also be humid with heat indices in the lower 100s likely.

Thursday

Partly cloudy and remaining warm. High 86; Low 63. Winds: NW 5-10 mph. Precipitation: None.

Friday

Partly cloudy and a bit cooler. High 81; Low 62. Winds: NE 5-10 mph. Precipitation: None.

Saturday

Increasing clouds, 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 82; Low 64. Winds: SE 5-15 mph. Precipitation: .10"-.30".

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