SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A surge of hot weather has arrived across the midsection of the country for the next few days.
An excessive heat warning is in effect through Thursdsy for a large part of southeast KELOLAND; a heat advisory is also in effect for portions of South Dakota.
The highs on Monday were close to records, with 101 in Pierre and 107 in Winner, which was a new record for the date.
The extreme heat is forcing some businesses to make schedule changes.
The kitchen at Botski’s Bar & Grill will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Owner Mike Klinedinst says the bar will remain open but it’s going to be too hot for cooking.
The Great Plains Zoo announced it will close at 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to the heat.
Huron’s Salvation Army is extending its community center hours, so people have a place to go to cool off and drink water.
Also in Sioux Falls, Landscape Garden Centers plans to close at 3 p.m. for the next three days.
Sioux Empire Baseball Association announced changes to tryouts and more due to the high heat index.
Dakota Alliance Soccer Club cancelled all activities for Tuesday, August 22.
By late in the day Monday, highs very close to 100 degrees are in the forecast for areas near Sioux Falls. We are expecting more 100s Tuesday and most likely another round of 100s on Wednesday.
We’ll be updating this story as additional closures are announced.