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Early summer heat wave takes toll on Minnesota roads, schools, lawns


Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Edina doubles player Abhinav Maneesh used an umbrella to block himself from the harsh sun as he watched his teammates compete against Wayzata for the boys Class 2A team tennis championship Wednesday.

The extended period of scorching hot weather gripping Minnesota is creating far more serious problems than discomfort: It's imperiling health, buckling roads and increasing the risks of wildfires and drought.

The Twin Cities metro area set a record for the earliest stretch of 90-degree days with nine consecutive days June 3 to 11, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). And extended forecasts all the way into the first few days of July show metro-area temperatures staying above normal.

"We haven't had a major system that shakes up the air mass enough to the point where we get rid of the heat," said Tyler Hasenstein, a meteorologist at the NWS regional office in Chanhassen.


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