Extreme heat easing Tuesday
By Kyle Rozendaal and Rand Middleton
WILLMAR — This summer has been one of extremes with excessive rainfall, flooding and record-low temperatures. Added to the list Monday was a heat advisory issued across central and southern Minnesota including Kandiyohi and all surrounding counties.
Air temperatures in the region were in the 90s and the heat index — the measure of how hot it feels when humidity is factored in — reached 100 degrees because the local humidity was around 65 percent throughout the day.
At the corner of Fourth Street Southwest and Minnesota Avenue, shown at right, the digital readout at the Willmar Education and Arts Center reported 89 degrees under overcast conditions late Monday afternoon. The official Willmar temperature, measured at the airport, was 90 degrees much of the afternoon with a heat index of 99.
Richard Whalen of Glencoe, shown above, watered newly planted Flowering Japanese Lilacs at the east end of the Best Western Plus front lot mid-afternoon Monday as the temperature hit 90 degrees in Willmar. He works for Kahnke Brothers Inc., of Victoria,
“I’ve worked on hotter days,” he said. “We’ve got plenty of water along.”
The new landscaping is part of the major reconstruction project at the Willmar Conference Center complex that also includes a Holiday Inn Express.
Daytime high temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to low 80s for today with area humidity between 60 and 70 percent. However, winds from the northwest will be between 10 and 15 miles per hour. The wind and lower air temperatures should keep the heat index below critical levels today and a heat advisory is not predicted to be issued.