WILLMAR -- The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for noon to 10 p.m. today for much of central and southern Minnesota, plus portions of Wisconsin, Iowa and both Dakotas.
The high temperatures today will be between 93 and 97 degrees, with dew points in the lower 70s, creating heat index values from 100 to 108 across the region. Overnight lows will also be warm and will not allow for buildings to cool off, making the excessive heat worse.
Storms are possible tonight and the hot weather is forecast for much of the week. The weather service advises that more warnings or advisories may be issued.
The hot and humid conditions will lead to a heightened risk of heat-related stress and illness. If you must be outside, be sure to drink plenty of water and remain hydrated. Reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening, take frequent breaks and know the signs of heat stroke and exhaustion.