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Heat wave drags on; south Washington County under excessive heat warning

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Another day of lens-fogging, brow-mopping, AC-stressing heat on Wednesday has south Washington County and much of the region under an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service.

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Temperatures in Cottage Grove had risen to 96 degrees by 2 p.m., and with dew point readings above 72 degrees it feels more like 104, according to the weather service.

That has the weather service warning residents of a higher risk of heat-related illness. People are advised to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, drink plenty of fluids, and stay in air-conditioned buildings when possible.

But, relief is in sight: despite the fourth day of soaring temperatures and tropical humidity levels, Thursday promises cooler temps -- relatively, cooler anyway -- with a highs in the mid-80s forecast, and dew points half of yesterday's muggy, record-setting readings of 80-and-above.

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