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Excessive heat warning extended into the Minnesota River Valley

The National Weather Services has extended the excessive heat warning into the Minnesota River Valley, including Kandiyohi County. Heat indices could soar to around 105 degrees on Monday.

An excessive heat warning has been issued for all of the Minnesota River Valley and parts of central Minnesota through 1 a.m. Tuesday.
An excessive heat warning has been issued for all of the Minnesota River Valley and parts of central Minnesota through 1 a.m. Tuesday.
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WILLMAR — The heat keeps building in this first major heat wave of the summer season.

The National Weather Service extended an excessive heat warning to include the entire Minnesota River Valley, including Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville and Stearns counties, in addition to the regional counties that were already in the warning issued earlier.

The heat warning now extends from the west central border, along the river valley and into the entire Twin Cities metro area.

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The National Weather Service released its Maximum Heat Index Forecast for Minnesota through Wednesday.
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The warning is in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to fall slightly starting Tuesday, but will still be warm, with highs in the 80s and 90s through Saturday.

The dangerously hot conditions in the warning area could include heat index values up to 105 degrees. This extreme heat and humidity significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, the weather service said.

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The Weather Service also notes a slight risk of severe thunderstorms possible late afternoon Monday and evening. The main threat would be damaging winds.

Thunderstorms are possible primarily west of the I-35 corridor in Minnesota, especially in western Minnesota, Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Thunderstorms are possible primarily west of the I-35 corridor in Minnesota, especially in western Minnesota, Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
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During this weather, people should drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun and keep an eye on neighbors and relatives. Young children and pets should never be left in a vehicle, the weather service said. People who must work outside should take extra precautions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends frequent rest breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned area.

Another risk of high temperatures is road buckling. Anyone seeing sections of roads buckling should contact 911 to report it, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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