Sunday brought a record high temperature for Aug. 25 to the Minnesota State Fair – 96 degrees, two degrees higher than the 1948 record – and the rest of the week doesn't look much cooler, forecasters say.
Temperatures in the 90s are expected through the fair's final day on Labor Day. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for much of the state through Tuesday night.
WCCO reports that more than 100 people have been treated for heat-related illness in the first four days of the fair.
Still, the heat did not deter crowds Sunday at the fair, the Pioneer Press reports, although the official attendance number for Sunday was not immediately available Monday morning. Fair-goers sought relief at misting stations and on the River Raft water ride, the Pioneer Press reports. "We sell smiles and wet butts," a ride operator told the newspaper.
The fair allows visitors to bring in water, and there are 40 water fountains where they can refill. WCCO examines how fair workers stay cool in the heat.
Meanwhile, school was starting in Minneapolis, although 18 of 54 buildings do not have air conditioning, the Star Tribune reports. School officials plan to provide extra water and are promoting safety tips for families and staff members, KARE 11 reports.