Minnesotans try to keep cool in record-breaking temps

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The Twin Cities hit 96 degrees around 4 p.m. Monday, breaking a previous record set in 1948.

As the heat index approached, and later surpassed, 100 degrees, those in the southern half of Minnesota took precautions under excessive heat warnings in effect through Tuesday.

In Minneapolis, some parents kept their kids home on the first day of school, the Star Tribune reports. The district has 18 buildings without air conditioning and 11 that are partly cooled.

To keep kids focused, fans and cases of bottled water were provided. All after-school outdoor sports practices were canceled.

Scheduled afternoon and evening practices in St. Paul will be limited Monday with less strenuous physical activity, according to the district's website. Games, however, are being postponed. It's a similar story at schools in the St. Cloud area.

Students are not the only ones taking it easy. The heat prevented downtown food trucks from firing up their grills during the lunch hour.

Sweltering temperatures may be to blame for a dip in attendance at the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday, where 4 people were sent to the hospital for heat-related illnesses. Many Minnesotans are still expected to flock to the a fairgrounds this week. FOX 9 offers tips for staying cool.

This year's fair may go down in history as one of the hottest stretches of weather in 65 years.

KSTP's Patrick Hammer says the metro should reach a high of 98 degrees, but it will feel like 105 to 110 degrees in areas under the heat advisory.

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