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Sunday scorcher breaks records; hot week on the way

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Sunday's oppressive heat broke several records – it was 96, besting the day's high temperature record of 94 set in 1948. And the official low temperature for the day was 80 degrees, breaking the old "high" low-temperature record of 74 degrees set in 1948.

Monday is expected to be hazy, hot and humid, with record heat again, and temperatures forecast to hit 100 degrees. Monday's heat index – an equation that uses factors to tells how the heat will feel, sort of a wind-chill-index-in-reverse – is predicted to be between 100 to 106 degrees.

KSTP reports there's no break is on the immediate horizon. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning through Tuesday for much of Minnesota.

Emergency rooms are prepared to care for patients with heat-related illnesses while public safety officials continue to issue warnings about fire danger as hot and humid conditions remain settled over the region.

MPR reports that children under 5 and the elderly are at special risk of heat-related stress. Those without access to air conditioning or athletes or workers involved in strenuous outdoor activities may also be vulnerable.

Feeling lightheaded or confused can be signs of heat-related illnesses or heatstroke. People who become mildly dehydrated put themselves at higher risk of heat-related illnesses in the days that follow.

"If it's hot out and you're outside, it's more important to drink water and Gatorade and things like that," said Dr. Casey Woster, an ER physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, who warned that soda and alcohol may lead to dehydration.

The Associated Press reports the blazing conditions and lack of recent rainfall have upped the risk of wildfires, which has been high all weekend. Areas around Detroit Lakes and Cass Lake are dry, and in parts of northern and central Minnesota the fire-danger rating is "high" or "very high." The Department of Natural Resources identified Bemidji as the city with the highest fire potential. Fire officials in the area are on call all night in case a fire flares up.

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