Fairgoers deal with record-breaking heat

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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - State Fair officials say they're working hard to keep people safe despite record-breaking temperatures. This could be hottest stretch of weather at the Great Minnesota Get-Together in 65 years.

There are three misters set up at the Medical Aid stations where guests can cool down, and more than forty locations where guests can use a drinking fountain or fill a water bottle.

The marching bands participating in the parade are being asked to wear cooler clothing, rather than their traditional marching band uniforms. State Fair officials say medical crews with follow the bands along the parade route, and another unit will be stationed at the end of the parade.

An excessive heat warning is in effect through Tuesday for a large part of southern Minnesota and surrounding states through Tuesday. A heat advisory covers the rest of the southern two-thirds of the state. Highs will hit the 90s while heat indexes are forecast to reach 100 to 110. Nighttime conditions aren't expected to cool below the 70s to lower 80s.

Fair officials say 51 people were treated for heat-related issues on Saturday, including 10 who had to go to the hospital.

Emergency physicians say they expect to see an increase in patients with heat-related illnesses this week as hot and humid conditions blanket the region.

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