Extreme heat blankets area

The sun has appeared with a red hue across much of the northern United States this week due to smoke from western wildfires. Shown above, Tuesday’s sunrise over Jerauld County was red-tinged. Due to heat advisories in effect this week, it is recommended that strenuous outdoor activity is rescheduled to early morning or evening.  

Residents of the northern Plains have been no stranger to intense heat this summer. Last weekend, a heat dome continued to build across the northern, central and southern Plains and is predicted to linger and strengthen through much of this week. For parts of the northern Plains, this will likely add to the already high number of 100-degree days this year.

At press deadline Tuesday, a heat advisory remained in effect across southeast South Dakota from 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. A second heat advisory will begin Wednesday from noon - 9 p.m. due to heat index values as high as 105.

People in the affected area are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned space, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. If working or spending time outside, rescheduling strenuous activities to morning or evening is recommended. 

This week as city crews in Wessington Springs work on streets, they plan to shift their work schedules to early morning and evenings, avoiding the extreme heat of midday.