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Heat advisory today, stay inside if you can, stay cool

Erica Dischino / Tribune Aliyah Santana, 11, plays on the new splash pad June 14 at Rice Park in Willmar.

WILLMAR — Temperatures today are expected to approach the fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk level of heat.

The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has issued a heat advisory for much of the state this afternoon and early evening.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-90s, with dew points in the 70s. The combination could make the temperature feel as high as 100 to 105 degrees.

Heat illnesses are possible, according to the Weather Service.

It offers the following tips:

• Drink plenty of fluids.

• Keep pets hydrated.

• Stay in an air-conditioned room if possible, and stay out of the sun.

• Check on relatives and neighbors, as children and the elderly are especially susceptible to heat illness.

For those who work outdoors, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. Frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments are recommended.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, clammy skin, fast pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness, fainting and nausea or vomiting. Get into a cooler environment, loosen clothing and apply wet cloths to the body, Sip water unless the person is nauseated. Seek medical attention if the person is vomiting.

Heat stroke is an emergency and a call to 911.

Symptoms include a temperature above 103 degrees, hot and dry skin, altered mental state, rapid and strong pulse and fainting.

After calling for medical help, move the victim to a cooler location, use cool cloths or bath to reduce temperature and do not give fluids.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

Follow me on Twitter: @lindavanderwerf

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