Friday forecast: The heat continues, relief by Sunday

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North of St. Cloud, there is an excessive heat watch; in southwestern Minnesota, a severe thunderstorm warning, and in northeastern Minnesota, a severe thunderstorm watch.

The heat index, which combines temperature and humidity, will be 95 to around 100 degrees Saturday afternoon and rising to 110 on Sunday and Monday afternoons.

Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far and the high temperatures are expected to stick around through at least the 4th of July, forecasters said.

Here comes the heat and humidity today with highs in the upper-80s & sunshine. Sunday will be the apex of the heat - with temps possibly eclipsing 100 degrees - not factoring in the heat index.

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Kennedy says the weather service could issue a heat advisory for Monday or Tuesday as the index could top 100 degrees. Highs will be in the low-90s with heat indices going over 100° away from Lake Michigan.

Despite how hot it will get, the National Weather Service is just several degrees shy of declaring a heat advisory for this weekend.

The weather service advises drinking plenty of fluids, remaining in air-conditioned space, staying out of the sun and checking on relatives and neighbors.

In Allentown, the record high temperature for July 1 is 97 degrees (a mark achieved in 1963, 1941, 1931). There may be a few showers into Northern and Western Maine.

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This is what many of us look forward to after long, harsh winters. If you don't have air conditioning, visit cool areas like a recreation center or library.

THURSDAY: There will be a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Temperatures will only bottom out in the mid 70s and it will still be very humid.

Heatwaves occur when there are three consecutive days with highs of 90 degrees or higher.

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