An excessive heat warning remains in effect for all of west central, central and southern Minnesota through 10 p.m. Thursday.
For today, the Fourth of July, west central Minnesota is expected to see near record high temperatures across the entire region.
Afternoon highs today will reach the mid 90s to lower 100s.
These high temperatures combined with dewpoints in the lower to mid 70s will result in heat index values reaching the 105 to 112 degree range during the afternoon.
Lows are expected to remain in the 70s against tonight.
Another hot day is expected Thursday, but a week cool front moving across Minnesota may bring a bit of relief to west central Minnesota.
This combination of very hot daytime conditions with very warm overnight lows will result in very dangerous conditions. Those in buildings without air conditioning or working outside should use extreme caution and drink plenty of fluids and seek relief in air conditioned environments when possible.