It's going to be hotter than a $2 pistol across Minnesota this weekend through Tuesday, with temps soaring in the mid-90s Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Forecast highs Saturday-Tuesday:
- St. Cloud: 94, 94, 92, 88
- Minneapolis: 96, 97, 94, 90
- Mankato: 95, 98, 94, 90
- Rochester: 96, 95, 95, 90
- Marshall: 96, 98, 95, 88
- Brainerd: 91, 90, 89, 85
- Duluth: 86, 88, 79, 75
- Moorhead: 94, 94, 89, 86
A few record high temps are possible Saturday.
If Minneapolis reaches its forecast high of 96 it'll tie the record set in 1978. St. Cloud's daily record is 93, set in 1914 and Eau Claire, Wisconsin is forecast to break its 104-year-old record – 93 degrees in 1914 – by one degree.
The good news is that heat index values aren't supposed to make it feel too much hotter than the actual air temperature.
With thousands of Minnesotans hitting the roads for Memorial Day weekend, it's a good time to remember that leaving pets and children locked in vehicles, even for a very short period of time, can lead to heat problems.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the temperature inside a parked vehicle rises by about 20 degrees every 10 minutes.
"The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F...and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that's 110 degrees inside your vehicle!"
Eight children have already died in the United States this year as a result of heat stroke after being locked inside vehicles, according to KidsandCars.com.
On average, 37 kids locked in vehicles die from heat stroke in America every year.