SW Minneapolis In Heat Advisory

Temperatures will reach over 100 today.

Monday, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for many parts of Minnesota, including Southwest Minneapolis. 

Unlike , today's discomfort is not driven by high humidity. Instead, the dew point is forecast to remain around 62 degrees, with temperatures rising into the upper 90's and low 100's. This plume of hot air is being driven by winds from the southwest, the Weather Service said, but those same winds will also bring us a cold front tonight and tomorrow.

If you're taking your dog for a walk, , courtesy of local dog expert :

  • Start your activity earlier in the day, before the sun gets too high, or plan an evening outing.
  • Water is your friend – get your dog wet before starting the activity to provide some evaporative cooling. Use a gentle spray and massage the water into the coat to wet their fur down as much a possible. On the walk, be sure to carry a collapsible water dish and a full water bottle.
  • Plan a route that provides access to shade or water. Walking across a damp lawn to wet down paws can also provide relief. Avoid extended stretches on asphalt that can heat up in the sun.
  • Take a break. Find a shady or breezy spot and stop for five to ten minutes.
  • Cool down after exercise in a shady spot and provide plenty of drinking water. You can also assist your dog’s cooling with a fan or by wetting down a concrete slab.
  • A special note:  Don’t spray your dog with cold water from a garden hose after exercise. The cold water will constrict the external blood vessels and drive the heat to the dog’s internal organs, potentially damaging them. Be sure to apply only room-temperature water directly to the dog.
James Sanna (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 05:07 PM
If you're able to fry an egg on the sidewalk today, upload a picture to this story, using the button right below the image. Judging by the graph I linked to under "dew point," 5 p.m. should be the optimal time—it's immediately preceded by three sustained hours of 100-degree-ish temps, and after that things start to fall off. I'll try with a box of egg whites I've got in my fridge and keep you updated.
CHDaggett July 16, 2012 at 08:15 PM
And for gosh sakes people - keep in mind that if the ground IS hot enough to cook an egg, think of what your poor pet's paws must feel like crossing the street!
James Sanna (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I've actually seen people break out the snow booties for dogs in this kind of weather....
Anna Schier July 17, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Well James, what's the verdict? Any luck in the egg-frying department?
James Sanna (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Alas, no luck—my street has too many trees and the buildings on either side are a little too tall to give consistent sun on a patch of concrete!


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