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Flooding in Southern Minn., Excessive Heat Watch for 4th of July

04 July 2018

One of the more recent heat waves amounted to 7 days in 2013 from July 14-20.

Philadelphia, which hit 92 degrees on Sunday with a heat index of 105, similarly sounded the alarm to its residents and visitors about the unsafe heat.

Tuesday is expected to be about 96 degrees, with heat index values as high as 104.

The average high for the month is 86 degrees and we are starting things out well above that with temperatures on Sunday that rocketed into the middle and upper 90s and with another scorching afternoon on tap for Monday and likely through the whole week, July is definitely living up to its climatological history.

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Meteorologist Nick Greenalalt said while temperatures were high Friday, it was not quite as humid. Near the lake, temperatures will stay in the 70s.

There is a chance for a pop up shower or storm again on Wednesday afternoon but most of the time will be dry. The heat index, he says, will make temperatures feel like they are 100 degrees and higher. While the high pressure will make it hard for any t-storms to fire, a weak cold front will try to approach from our northwest Tuesday bringing a slight chance for an isolated PM t-storm, mainly north and west of the Lehigh Valley.

Barlow added increased heat and humidity will boost the chance of thunderstorms late Wednesday. "Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. Do not forget to drink plenty of fluids, wear light-colored loose fitting clothing, and take advantage of air-conditioning". In addition, be sure to check on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors. Drink fluids often, even if you do not feel thirsty.

In addition to drinking plenty of water, the NWS advises wearing lightweight clothing and restricting strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

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If you are looking for another way to cool off, city beaches are open.

In addition to using public pools, state officials also suggest staying in an air-conditioned location for several hours, if possible.

The heat wave is expected to persist for six to eight days in many communities, according to AccuWeather, with peak intensity hitting Monday.

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Flooding in Southern Minn., Excessive Heat Watch for 4th of July