ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - The record hot and humid week isn't just making us sweat, it could also take a psychological toll.
If you are feeling extra grouchy, KARE 11 meteorologists say the last time Minnesota saw two 100 degree days in a year was in 1988... 24 years ago!
No matter how hard she tries, Tami Cabrera can't concoct any escape from the unrelenting mix of heat and humidity.
"It's like you are baking, and you are baking," she said, referring to the rising heat inside her Muddy Paws Cheesecake bakery, based in St. Louis Park. Even with the air conditioning, Cabrera's business swelters into the triple digits.
She finds solace in her freezer for a few moments but reached her boiling point overnight trying to cook around 1a.m., in what was supposed to the coolest part of the day.
"I went to a 24-hour place and got two new fans. We got to our point we couldn't take it anymore," Cabrera said.
For many, rising temperatures can make you sweat the small stuff, lowering moods and testing tempers.
"[People in heat] feel tired, they have lower blood pressure, they don't sleep so well and on top of that, we know adrenaline is going up as a kind of compensation," said Dr. Daniel DuPrez, professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota.
DuPrez says lack of energy, appetite and dehydration can lead to depression and even make us more accident prone.
"Either at the workplace or traffic because it's a combination, fatigue, less attention, tired and of course they get irritated on top of that," he said.
It also impacts brain function and mood. In general, Dr. DuPrez said above all, listen to your body, rest, eat well, stay hydrated and stay inside during the day. Being grouchy is minor compared to the patients he's seen this week, many with heart attacks and trouble breathing in this weather.
"It does wear your energy down when it's this hot. I feel like it does reduce our productivity a little," said Cabrera, who says she is working shorter shifts to endure the heat.
What helps Cabrera cope, blistering heat brings unexpected slice of extra business. She's had extra orders for her cool product this week.
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