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Heat advisory issued for southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa

"Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors."

Hot sun stock photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash.
Hot sun stock photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for noon to 8 p.m. today for much of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, including Nobles, Murray, Cottonwood, Jackson, Rock and Pipestone counties in Minnesota and Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, and O'Brien counties in Iowa.

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Heat index values of 100 to 105 degrees are expected in the area.

"Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors," the National Weather Service recommended in a release. "Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances."

Other recommendations included taking extra precautions if working or spending time outdoors, rescheduling strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours and wearing lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommended scheduling frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments if working outdoors.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

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"Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911," the National Weather Service emphasized in its release.

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