Heat index hits 107 in Benson

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By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Sultry air to compare to a tropical jungle settled over Minnesota Friday creating dangerous heat index temperatures.

When the high temperature reached 91 degrees in Benson, the dew point had reached an extraordinarily rare 79 degrees creating a heat index of 107 degrees. But it was even hotter to Benson’s southwest.

Madison saw a high of 93 degrees combined with a dew point of 81 degrees for a heat index of 113 degrees. Appleton’s high of 91 degrees combined with a dew point of 81 degrees for a heat index of 110 degrees.

The heat index is a measure of how hot it feels to your body. When dew points are high it is more difficult for the body to sweat and cool itself...

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