Heat advisory Monday for Twin Cities metro, 100s on the way
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
Find some shade, drink plenty of water, and take it easy Monday as a heat advisory is issued for the Twin Cities metro. Temperatures will reach excess of 100 degrees, with a heat index expected to peak at 105.
Compounding the heat is the humidity, as the dew point sits at 70 and above. Even true summer-lovers admit: temps hovering around triple digits and dew points in the 70s are a bit much, but it beats some Minnesota summer weather oddities as seen in the past.
Twin Cities emergency room staffers know they'll be busy over the next few days, as people won't slow-down and hydrate properly during the heat wave.
While the heat can cause problems for people and pets, the big worry across much of the Midwest is the heat combined with the lack of rain. Crops are suffering in what a report released Monday calls "one of the top ten droughts in the past century." Farmers from Indiana to Iowa are hoping Mother Nature delivers a soaking, and soon.
The drought report shows nearly 55 percent of the country in drought conditions at the end of June -- the highest since 1956.
Some cities in Wisconsin are so concerned about the lack of water that they're handing-out fines of nearly $500 to people caught watering their lawns.