Heat wave continues across southern Minnesota, northwest Iowa
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The heat wave continues across portions of Minnesota and northern Iowa.
The National Weather Service defines a heat wave “as a period of abnormally hot weather, generally lasting more than two days.”
Mankato has already experienced four consecutive days with temperatures above 90°, which is about 15-20° above average. Those above average and 90° days are expected to continue through the rest of the week.
This early summer heat has even prompted a heat advisory for areas surrounding the Twin Cities that will continue until 8 p.m. Thursday. Early season heat advisories can be activated when temperatures or heat index values are expected to be near 95-100°.
Heat waves and hot weather are the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. The 10-year average in 2018 for heat-related deaths in the United States is 101. As the heat wave continues, it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and when to call 911.
Here are a few guidelines to follow as our heat wave continues.
- Limit outdoor activities, especially during the hottest time of the day;
- Stay hydrated and don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking water;
- Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing;
- Apply and reapply sunscreen as recommended on the package;
- Don’t overwork yourself during physical activity;
- Check on friends and neighbors, especially elders and those with underlining health issues;
- Never leave children or pets in hot cars; and
- Stay tuned to KEYC News Now for latest weather forecast, health, and safety updates.
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