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No relief in sight: South Washington County under excessive heat warning

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Near-record temperatures and high dew points has the National Weather Service warning of dangerous heat heading into the Fourth of July holiday.

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Temperatures in south Washington County had reached 95 degrees by late afternoon Tuesday - and dew point readings made it feel more like 105 -- as a seemingly relentless heat wave continued to grip the Twin Cities metro area and much of the central and eastern United States.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning Tuesday, warning that there is little relief in sight: forecasts predict temperatures could fall just short of 100 degrees on Independence Day, with a heat index closer to 110.

The warning advises people to use extreme caution when outside in the heat and to drink plenty of water. Seek out air conditioned buildings when possible, the weather service says.

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