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Father's Day warning as weekend heat wave hits Minnesota

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If you're planning on spending Father's Day outdoors you're in for a hot one, but should take care to avoid heatstroke.

That's the advice of the National Weather Service, which has issued a heat advisory for Sunday in the Twin Cities and a large area of central and western Minnesota, including Mankato, Willmar and Shakopee.

With air temperatures spiking at between 90-95, the NWS says the heat index for these areas will be between 95 and 105 degrees – prompting a warning to those spending significant parts of the day outside.

It'll be hot and sunny on Saturday too, with Accuweather forecasting highs of 88 in the Twin Cities.

"Hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible," the warning, which is in place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, says.

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

While the sun will be out, the NWS says the combination of heat and humidity does mean there's a risk for thunderstorms on Sunday, particularly towards the evening, with central Minnesota including the I-94 corridor at "slight risk" of severe weather.

The NWS last issued a heat advisory for Minnesota last Friday, June 10.

The Weather Network reported that several consecutive days of 90-degree-plus heat caused Highway 36 to buckle in the north metro area.

'Oppressive heat' hitting U.S.

Minnesota is getting the tail end of some serious heat affecting much of southern and central U.S.

FOX 9 reports a "MONSTER" heat ridge will bring "sauna-like conditions" to much of the state.

But it's nothing compared to what the southwest of the country is expected to experience, with USA Today reporting that air temperatures at highs of between 115-120 degree is predicted in southwest Minnesota.

Arizona and southern California will be the areas getting the hottest, with the NWS referring to it as a "major, potentially historic heat wave."

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