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Mother Nature turns up the heat

Heat advisory in effect Monday

Posted: July 15, 2012 - 6:48pm

Temperatures will flirt with triple digits Monday as the thermometers are expected to soar to 98 degrees in a return of the summer heat.

A heat advisory is in effect from noon to 9 p.m. Monday for the lakes region. The National Weather Service in Duluth reported the return of the heat means a dangerous combination of heat and humidity with heat index values of 100 from the Brainerd lakes area to Wisconsin.

The heat index, which factors in both heat and humidity, is expected to range from 95 to 105 degrees. When the heat index reaches these levels those working or remaining active outdoors are advised to take additional precautions against heat illnesses.

Strenuous activity should be restricted to later in the night. Wearing light weight and loose fitting clothing is advised along with drinking plenty of water.

Precautions should also be taken with animals to ensure they have shelter from the heat and water. Vehicles parked in the sun will quickly warm to become ovens.

A south wind of 10 to 15 mph may gust as high as 25 mph Monday to provide a breeze but don’t expect relief from rain.

The weather service reports there is just a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Monday night should cool to 68 degrees with a west wind shifting to the north after midnight.

Warm temperatures and sunshine are expected throughout the week with temperatures in the low to upper-80s. But overnight lows in the mid-60s should provide opportunities for homes to cool down between warm days.

Temperatures in the 90s may return by Saturday along with a chance for showers or thunderstorms. Saturday is expected to be sunny and hot with a high near 91 with Sunday providing more of the same and a high near 88.

While the heat is building, flood waters are receding.

The Mississippi River at Fort Ripley dropped below flood stage during the weekend. The river was observed at 9.4 feet Sunday, below a 10-foot flood stage. By Wednesday, the river could drop below being listed as “near flood stage.”

At Brainerd, the Mississippi River is clinging to minor flood stage. As of Sunday afternoon, the river was observed at 13.33 feet. Flood stage is 13 feet. The river has been dropping from14.74 feet on Thursday but leveled off Saturday just above flood stage.

In the hard-hit Aitkin area, the flood waters have been steadily dropping and now are listed in a minor flood stage at 13.8 feet as of 4 p.m. Sunday. Flood stage is 12 feet. The river dropped out of moderate flood stage at 15 feet on Thursday and is expected to drop out of minor flood stage by July 22.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Dispatchbizbuzz.