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Days after a summer polar vortex had folks at least thinking of turning on a furnace, the heat is on.

Temperatures last Tuesday were a record-setting 13 degrees below normal. The high of 62 degrees set a new record for the lowest high temperature recorded for July 15. The average temperature of 56 degrees also set a record low.

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The normal high for this time of year is 81 degrees.

Thirteen of the first 18 days of July posted a below normal temperature. Highs reached at least 80 degrees just five times this month, so far. But it's not as bad as it could be. Back in 2000, Embarrass had a morning low of 29 degrees on July 18.

Finally this past weekend was expected to usher in hot and muggy summer weather so instead of looking at the furnace dial, residents will likely be looking for an extra fan or turning on the air-conditioning.

A hard-hitting wave of heat and humidity has caused the National Weather Service in Duluth to issue a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Temperatures could hit 91 degrees today, with a low of 71 degrees.

This is the first "significant" heat wave of the season, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Since the year has been colder than normal, many people may not be acclimated to the heat, the NWS said.

"These conditions may lead to a heightened risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially for the young and elderly and those without air conditioning," the NWS reported.

The high humidity will cause the air to feel even hotter. Heat indices will reach around 100 degrees, the NWS said.

The high temperatures won't last long, though. Relief will come at sunset Monday.

Tuesday's predicted high is 76 degrees, with a low of 54 degrees. The rest of the week will stay in the upper 70s, as well.

There's a chance of storms on Tuesday and Thursday night, according to the NWS.

Tips for staying cool during the heat:

Do:

• Slow down and reduce strenuous activity. Mow the lawn or garden in the early morning or late evening instead of midday.

• Dress in lightweight, nonrestrictive, light-colored clothing.

• Drink plenty of water or other nonalcoholic fluids.

• Eat light, easy-to-digest foods.

• Seek out shade if you have to be outdoors for extended periods. Spend more time in air-conditioned places.

• Check on elderly neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure they are OK.

• When outside, take frequent dips in the pool or mist yourself with a water bottle. When inside, take frequent cool baths or showers and use cold compresses to cool off.

• Apply high-SPF sunscreen frequently when outdoors.

• Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of heat illness.

• Avoid alcoholic beverages; they can dehydrate you and increase your risk of heat stroke and other potentially fatal heat-related illnesses.

Don't:

• Leave children, the elderly, or pets in the car for any reason, for any length of time. A dark dashboard or seat can easily reach temperatures in the range of 180 to more than 200 degrees.

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