The National Weather Service has released statements saying that along with expected high temperatures, Minnesota is expected to be hit by extremely dangerous weather. The main affected areas are the Twin Cities metro, along with central and southeast Minnesota. However, everyone in the state should take precautions.
What type of dangerous weather can Minnesotans expect?
Residents of the North Star state can anticipate temperatures ranging from 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit during daylight hours. The National Weather Service warns that, with the humidity though, it will fee over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Aside from blistering heat, there is a high probability of large hail stones, high winds of up to 100 mph that could potentially be damaging, and a chance of tornados forming.
How to avoid the dangerous weather
To avoid the heat and prevent heat-related injuries and maladies, it is best to stay inside whenever possible. While inside, have the air conditioning on, pouring out cool air, or a fan blowing and circulating air. If it is necessary to be outside for long amounts of time, it is advisable to wear long sleeves and pants to prevent extremely damaging sunburn. In either instance, people should continuously drink water before they become thirsty. Being thirsty is a sign of dehydration and mixed with the high temperatures, could lead to the fast track for sun stroke or heat stroke.
Avoiding hail and high winds can also be done by staying inside, however, if the winds escalate into a tornado, the Storm Prediction Center says to get to the lowest floor of the building, get under sturdy protection such as a heavy table or work bench, and stay away from heavy objects like refrigerators or television sets that could be thrown about by the dangerous weather. If a person is outside during a tornado, it is advised that s/he finds shelter immediately.
When is this weather to be expected?
Meteorologists report that this dangerous weather will begin in the late afternoon of Sunday, July 12th, and remnants of the storm could stay around for several more days. Minnesotans should take all necessary precautions and should do their best to stay safe.