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RECORD HEAT: 7 things we're tracking

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THE THERMOMETER

An excessive heat warning is in effect through Tuesday for high heat and humidity. Record highs are likely in at least a few locations as the heat index tops 100 degrees in many areas through Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday, a cold front swings through the area which will give us slightly cooler conditions with highs near 90 the rest of the week

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SCHOOLS

It's the first day of school in Minneapolis – a district with 18 schools that have no air conditioning.

Due to the excessive heat, all outdoor after-school sports practices are canceled. During the school day, MPS will be bringing extra bottles of water to schools, with a priority to those without air conditioning. MPS staff members are also being reminded about the signs and symptoms of heat illness and to make sure any at-risk individuals are monitored.

The Prior Lake-Savage school district also headed back to school Monday, with two schools in session with no air conditioning.

SENIOR CITIZENS

Check on seniors and other vulnerable neighbors at least twice a day and look closely for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical advice immediately if you notice nausea, weakness, disorientation, rapid pulse and dry skin.

PETS

- Keep your pet inside and out of the direct sun.

- Be sure your pet has enough clean, cool water.

- Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time.

- If you see an animal outside or in a car exhibiting signs of heat stress, call Minneapolis Animal Care & Control immediately at 612-673-3000.

WATER SAFETY

- Teach kids to never go near water without an adult present.

- Watch kids at all times.

- Make sure children are swimming with a friend.

- Know how deep the water is.

- Don't rely on inflatables to replace a life jacket.

-Keep kids close to shore or a pool's edge because they can be over-confident about how far they can swim.

POWER OUTAGES

Excessive heat will have air conditioning units working extra hard this week. Monday morning, Xcel Energy reported a minimal number of power outages. You can track current outages on a map at http://bit.ly/kygvop

THE STATE FAIR

On Saturday, the medical aid stations at the Minnesota State Fair saw at least 60 people for heat-related problems. On Sunday, they treated about 80, and staff members say they hope that means fairgoers are coming prepared. Four people were brought to area hospitals on Sunday due to heat-related illness. On average, 10 to 12 people must be brought to the hospital for various reasons any given day of the Fair.

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