Oppressive Heat Hits The Area 21 Jul 16

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dangerously high heat and humidity is settling into Minnesota.

The National Weather Service said temperatures Wednesday felt like 105 degrees because of the high level of humidity. Minneapolis reached an air temperature of 93 degrees, St. Cloud 90, Hutchinson 90, and International Falls — the Nation’s Icebox — hit 89. Thursday and Friday are expected to be even more oppressive before cooler weather arrives Saturday with reduced humidity.

The weather service has issued an excessive heat warning for much of the state through Friday. Nighttime temperatures won’t likely bring much relief. Readings aren’t expected to fall much below 80.

The Salvation Army and other organizations have set up cooling centers for those without air conditioning. Medical experts say heat exhaustion can happen quickly. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea and an increased heart rate.