Nature turns up heat

Hot, humid weather settles over Valley

By ERIK SANDIN – Stillwater Gazette

The St. Croix Valley is under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. today as the combination of 90-degree plus heat and dew points in the low 70s will make it feel between 100 and 110 degrees.

The National Weather Service said in its heat advisory statement that highs are expected in the low to mid-90s today. That heat, combined with the humidity would produce heat indices of 100 to 110 degrees.

"The hot and humid conditions will lead to a heightened risk of heat-related stress and illness," said the NWS statement.

There will be little relief from the heat and humidity tonight with lows falling to near 70 and light winds.

Today begins a stretch of hot early summer days in the Valley, according to NWS forecasters. Temperatures over the next several days leading to the Fourth of July holiday will hover between the upper 80s and low 90s.

The NWS urges persons to take precautions if working or spending time outdoors today. They include:

Stay our of the mid-day sun by rescheduling strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

Drink plenty of water.

If working outside, take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas.

Check on relatives and neighbors who do not have air-conditioning.

"Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location," the agency said. "Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1."

Thursday’s Valley forecast calls for another sunny, hot day with highs near 90 and light north to northwest winds. Thursday night will be clear and mild with lows falling to the middle 60s.

Friday will be sunny and hot with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 and light west winds. Friday night will be partly cloudy and mild with a low near 66.

The next chance of rain is Saturday with a slight risk of thunderstorms and high near 86. The chance of showers and thunderstorms lingers into Saturday night with lows in the middle 60s.

Sunday through Tuesday sees sunny to partly cloudy skies, highs in the mid- to upper 80s, lows in the upper 60s to near 70 and another chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.