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Hydrant Party

Reed Koson, 7, of Sioux City, tosses a ball into the stream as children play in the spraying water during a hydrant party at Pulaski Park in Sioux City Thursday. The Fire Department opened the hydrant for children to cool off on a day when the heat index exceeded 100 degrees. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for today, with an expected heat index of 105-106 degrees.

SIOUX CITY | The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this afternoon in Sioux City and the surrounding area.

A high temperature of 94 degrees and "pretty oppressive humidity" will combine to create a heat index of 105-106 degrees this afternoon, said Mike Fuhs, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

Fuhs urged anyone who has to be outside for any period of time today to stay hydrated.

"If you have to work outside, that is the key: just drinking a lot of water," he said.

Siouxlanders woke up to humid conditions this morning as the remnants of a few light rain showers passed through the area. Sioux City received .06 of an inch of rain, the highest total reported in the area, Fuhs said. Sioux City could receive a trace of precipitation yet this morning before the clouds clear out.

Dry conditions will persist throughout the rest of the week, Fuhs said.

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"There are no really good thunderstorm chances coming up," he said.

The rest of the week is expected to remain hot and humid with high temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s.

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