Heat advisory in effect through Thursday

Hot thermometer            The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for today through Thursday night for southern and east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin, including the St. Croix Valley.

Daytime highs in the low to middle 90s the next several days combined with high humidity are expected to produce heat indices of 95 to 100 during the afternoon hours, according to the meteorologists at the NWS Chanhassen office.

“A large area of high pressure wil remain nearly stationary over the Midwest, allowing hot and humid conditions to persist,” said an NWS statement. “High temperatures will be in the low to mid-90s with low temperatures only falling into the 70s offering little overnight relief.”

The NWS warns prolonged hot and humid weather will lead in an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially among young children, elderly persons and those without air conditioning.

Persons are urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun and check on elderly relatives and neighbors. Persons working outdoors should take frequent rest breaks in a shaded area or air-conditioned room. If someone is overcome by heat, call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cool location.

The forecast calls for hot, humid conditions through Thursday, with showers and thunderstorms likely Thursday night. Cooler, drier air will move into the region Friday through the weekend.