Twin Cities Heat Advisory Remains in Effect, Hennepin County Offers Cooling Options
Early June has already made the record books for excessive heat in the Twin Cities. Temperatures reached new highs for the days of Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5.
The Twin Cities remains under a heat advisory, which is expected to last through Thursday. So far, we’ve had five days of 90-degree temperatures, and with increased humidity, it’s only going to feel hotter. That has many people looking for places to cool off.
Monday morning, Abby Nelson sat under a tree reading a book while enjoying the warm breeze off Theodore Wirth Lake Beach.
“There’s just not much you can do in this type of heat,” she said.
While it’s fun to spend the day at the lake, the hot temperatures and high humidity could cause some people to feel sick. And if you don’t stay hydrated, things could turn severe. More than 600 Americans die of complications each year from overheating.
“I’m grateful I have an air conditioner. I worry about people who don’t,” said Nelson.
And it’s not just people but pets that need to play it safe. Joey Baron took extra precautions with his pair of German Shepherds, including keeping their coats trimmed this time of the year.
“We walk them in the shade, keep them indoors mostly when it’s hot like this,” said Baron.
Hennepin County Cooling Options
There are several places you can go to get away from the heat. The Hennepin County Library in Crystal is ideal.
“It’s always air-conditioned, and you can come in and cool off, and you can find something for entertainment, learn something while you’re at it, and it’s free,” said Susan Hein, associate librarian with Hennepin County.
The Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center is another place to beat the heat. They have a free walking track above the ice arena. Movie theaters and gyms are also places where you can escape. Hennepin County has a list of places to stay cool.