The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that includes nearly the entire state of Minnesota, Eastern South Dakota and Northwest Iowa. The advisory is in effect from noon until 8 p.m. today.
Temperatures for this afternoon are forecast in the upper-90s with elevated humidity levels. Combined, that will push the heat index over 100 degrees for much of the afternoon into the evening.
The conditions could cause heat-related illness to occur for people who are outdoors for an extended period of time this afternoon and early evening.
If you plan to be outdoors, take precautions by drinking plenty of water and trying to stay out of the sun, wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and trying to take breaks in an air conditioned or shaded environment. Be aware of possible symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and be sure to apply and reapply sunscreen frequently if you are outdoors during the afternoon.