WILLMAR -- West central Minnesota is included in a wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service.
The wind advisory, in effect from noon to 7 p.m., covers much of central, west central and southwest Minnesota and calls for southerly winds from 25 to 40 mph this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the southeast portion of the state is under a heat advisory from noon to 8 p.m. and Hennepin and Ramsey counties remain under an excessive heat warning until 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The winds and high temperatures, in the upper 90s to near 100 degrees, will push heat index values to around 100 degrees.
Citizens are urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.
Drivers are asked to use extra caution in the high winds, as high profile vehicles may be pushed by the wind gusts.
The forecast for Willmar includes a sunny and hot day today with a high temp near 90 and winds from 16 to 26 with gusts to 40 mph.
The winds will diminish to 9 to 12 mph over night and the low temperature tonight will be 64.
Wednesday should be much cooler, with a high of 69 and west-northwest winds from 13 to 17 mph, with gusts to 25.