Record temps continue to affect Minnesota State Fair, schools, businesses


Record-breaking temperatures continue to affect people, businesses and events as record high temperatures continue to scorch the Twin Cities and other parts of the state.

The thermometer hit 96 degrees at around 4 p.m. in the Twin Cities Monday, which broke the previous record set in 1948. It crept up another notch to reach 97 degrees before the end of the day.

The hot temps were enough for some Twin Cities parents to keep their children out of the first day at Minneapolis public schools, since 18 of the buildings in the district do not have air conditioning and others are only partially cooled.

Minnesota isn't the only state in the Midwest feeling the intense heat. The Associated Press reports that schools in Iowa, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Nebraska and Illinois were all let out early Monday due to temperatures in the mid-90s.

Meanwhile, the kids who didn't have school have little reprieve. KAAL-TV reports that kids in southern Minnesota only had lakes as an option to cool off outside since pools in Rochester, Austin, Albert Lea and St. Ansgar are already closed.

The heat is also taking a toll on the Minnesota State Fair.

KSTP-TV reports that Sunday's fair attendance was down about 35,000 people Sunday in comparison to the year before, but spokeswoman Brienna Schutte says it is "too early to worry" what sort of impact the weather will have on the Great Minnesota Get-Together overall.

Despite the heat, officials say attendance for the Minnesota State Fair attendance was up over the first three days last year, WCCO-TV reports. But given Sunday's hit in the numbers, the four-day attendance total was down 13,000 people from 2012.

According to The AP, about 90 fairgoers were treated for heat-related issues over the weekend.

WCCO radio reports the heat is also affecting food truck business in downtown Minneapolis. Several owners opted to keep their employees at home Monday and will try to resume business Tuesday.

World Street Kitchen food truck owner Saed Wadi told WCCO that usually "on a normal day the temperature inside a truck is 100 degrees," and on a day like Monday, it would be impossible for his crew to perform.

"It's actually hazardous to be out in a food truck," Wadi said.

KARE 11 forecasts a high of 93 degrees Tuesday with a heat index ranging from 100 to 105 degrees at times. Temperatures in the low 90s expected throughout the weekend.

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