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Meteorology Professor Weisman: Oppressively Hot Weather Heading Our Way

08/23/2013 - 8:15 AM

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UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch from midday Sunday through Wednesday night. 

The hot weather of August continues into next week, and meteorology professor Bob Weisman is warning central Minnesotans to prepare in advance to avoid what he is calling oppressive weather. Weisman says the hot weather is likely to redevelop across Minnesota by Sunday and continue through most of the next work week.

During Sunday through Tuesday, central and southern Minnesota will likely see highs from the middle 90’s to near 100 with humidity as bad as this past Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Overnight temperatures won’t cool much, likely 70 or above in central and southern Minnesota. The Twin Cities Metro may only see a couple of early morning hours with temperatures cooler than 80 degrees.

From Wednesday through the end of the week, it is possible that sunshine will be dimmed by leftover clouds from overnight thunderstorms to our north or nearby, smoke from western wildfires. Those factors could keep temperatures in the upper 80’s to near 90, but any nearby thunderstorms could push humidity even higher. Weisman says if the area stays cloud free, the hot air will be even hotter so we could see upper 90’s to even some 100-degree highs.

Here’s Weisman’s advice to keep you and your family safe next week: Plan on hitting the State Fair early, then finding shelter in the afternoon and evening. Check on seniors and kids and make sure everyone has a cool place to sleep because not cooling off at night is a huge factor in heat related illness. Avoid strenuous exercise outdoors, except early in the morning. Do not leave anyone or any pet in a parked car. All heat-related injuries and deaths (more than 1000 per year in the US) can be avoided. Also, air quality and fire danger could also be problems next week.