Update. More SE counties have been added to the heat advisory.

The National Weather Service has issued a Excessive Heat Warning for Hennepin-Anoka-Ramsey-Washington-Carver-Scott and Dakota counties until  to 7 pm Today(Friday.) A heat advisory is in effect for Sherburne-Wright-McLeod-Sibley-Brown-Nicollet-Le Sueur-Rice- Goodhue-Watonwan-Blue Earth-Waseca-Steele-Martin-Faribault-Freeborn-St. Croix-Pierce Wabasha-Dodge-Olmsted-Winona-Mower-Fillmore-Houston

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions. If you work or spend time outside. When possible,reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1.

Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon through tonight for much of the coverage area. There is a Slight Risk of severe weather in portions of central Minnesota into northwestern Wisconsin with a Marginal Risk of severe weather for portions of far western through southern Minnesota. The main hazard is large hail. There
may also be pockets of heavy rain in western Wisconsin overnight which could cause isolated flooding.

The National Weather Service also says that periods of thunderstorms are possible Saturday through Monday night. On Saturday, there is a Slight Risk of severe weather for much of central Minnesota through western Wisconsin, along with a marginal Risk of severe weather for portions of southern Minnesota into southwestern Wisconsin. On Sunday, there is a Slight Risk of severe weather for much of central and southern
Minnesota into western Wisconsin, along with a Marginal Risk of severe weather for a portion of west central Minnesota. The main risks are large hail and damaging winds. There is also a flooding concern with several inches of rain possible over the weekend,
mainly north of Interstate 94.

In addition, excessive heat and humidity will impact much of the coverage area through Sunday. Heat indices for areas south of Interstate 94 will likely range from 95 to 100 Saturday and Sunday.

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