Heat Advisory/Air Pollution Advisory 10 Jun 16

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory today (Friday) from noon utnil 9 p.m.

The heat and humidity could make the air feel uncomfortable. The high Friday could reach 94 degrees with the heat index approaching 100 degrees.

The combination of heat and humidity could make some people susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Experts say drink fluids, stay in air conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.

The following counties are part of the heat advisory:

Hennepin, Ramsey, Wright, Anoka, Carver, Scott, Stevens, Pope, Stearns, Sherburne, Lac qui Parle, Swift, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Yellow Medicine County, Renville, McLeod, Sibley, Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Le Sueuer, Watonwan, Blue Earth and Martin.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air pollution health advisoryfor portions of western, central and southern Minnesota effective 10 a.m. Friday morning through 9 p.m.Friday evening. The affected area includes the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, St. Cloud and Detroit Lakes.

Forecasted temperatures in the low 90s, mostly sunny skies, and light south-southwesterly winds will promote the creation of ozone in the advisory area. As a result, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is forecasted to reach into the low to mid-90s during the day on Friday, which approaches a level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Ozone concentrations will be lowest in the morning hours on Friday and will rise quickly in the late morning/early afternoon hours. Ozone concentrations will begin to decline overnight Friday as thunderstorms move into the area, but may increase again on Saturday.