Most of the state — including the Brainerd area — was in a heat advisory Thursday, with temperatures in Brainerd peaking at 92 degrees.
The National Weather Service in Duluth reported a large ridge of high pressure built over the upper Midwest Thursday and was expected to last into Friday, resulting in hot a humid conditions.
Temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s, combined with dew points in the mid 70s produced a heat index ranging from 95-100 degrees.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen issued an excessive heat warning for the Twin Cities metro area through Friday night. Temperatures in the 90s and high humidity could cause heat-related stress and illnesses.
The weather service has some common sense advice. Stay out of the sun, drink plenty of water and check on relatives and neighbors.
Hot and humid conditions are expected again Friday, with the weather service forecasting a high temperature of 80-85 degrees. There’s also a 40-percent chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, with some thunderstorms capable of produ