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Area placed in heat advisory, peak alerts issued

Mower County and southeast Minnesota have been placed into a heat advisory starting at 11 a.m. today and stretching through to 7 p.m. this evening.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

According to the National Weather Service, the area can expect a temperature of 91 with heat index values of between 95 and 105 brought on by the high heat and humidity.

Austin Utilities and Freeborn-Mower Cooperative have issued a peak alert due to the high demand on the regional grid. The alert for Austin Utilities will last until 8 p.m. while Freeborn-Mower’s will go until 6 p.m..

People are urged to take proper precautions during this time by drinking plenty of fluids, limiting time outside and checking on neighbors and relatives.

Pets should not be left unintended in vehicles.

Going forward, storms are likely to develop Thursday, mainly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. with temperatures the rest of the week expected to hover between the mid to low 80s. Another chance of thunderstorms is possible Saturday.