Southern Minnesota is experiencing a prolonged stretch of dangerously hot weather, and a Mayo Clinic doctor is warning that it could lead to heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, if not treated immediately. Symptoms of heat-related illness include high body temperature, nausea, headaches, and changes in heart rate or mental state.


The Mayo Clinic suggests staying away from the hot conditions whenever possible, but that may not be an option for workers during the peak summer season. However, there are measures people can take to stay safe if they must be out in the heat, such as: wearing light colors and loose clothing, applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, staying hydrated before, during, and after any activities, and utilizing air conditioning when possible.


Joshua Kafka