Dangerous heat index expected to begin this weekend in west central Minnesota
WILLMAR -- Heavy rain showers, and possibly some severe thunderstorms, are expected to linger through Friday in west central Minnesota and then the heat will kick into high gear.
Jim Richardson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, said temperatures in the high 90s and high humidity will make it feel like it's 105 to 110 degrees.
Temperatures will start to ramp up Friday and Saturday but the intense heat index of well over 100 degrees will begin Sunday and last through Wednesday.
Because there won't be a lot of wind during this time the combination of high heat and humidity could present some dangerous conditions for people and animals.
"It'll start to feel pretty uncomfortable," said Richardson, who advises people to drink plenty of fluids and "take it easy."
Minnesotans got a taste of this high heat and high humidity combo prior to July 1, but Richardson said this session will last much longer. "There'll be no major relief until maybe next weekend."
Even when the heat starts to scale back on Wednesday it won't be much of a change.
He said the temperature will continue to be in the low 90s to high 80s for all of next week.
Even night-time temperatures won't cool down much and will likely linger in the high 70s or low 80s.
The good news is that crops will flourish in the hot, humid weather and the atmosphere will become "to hot" for storms to erupt.
By the end of next week temperatures start to cool down. But Richardson said that will increase the chance for severe weather to move back into the state.