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HEAT ADVISORY: Hydration key for athletes in hot, humid huddles

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With temperatures topping 90 and high humidity raising the heat index into the triple digits in some areas, the sticky, sweltering conditions can also be described as dangerous for athletes.

Students across the metro have already started to get back on practice fields, and coaches are trying to keep them well-hydrated -- especially football players who are practicing in pads.

"Everybody drinks a lot of water today. It is very hot out. We need to get everybody hydrated again for tomorrow," Mark Heiser told FOX 9 News.

The students weren't complaining yet, but keeping cool could be a bit more difficult next week when classes begin on Monday because some school buildings, including some in Minneapolis, do not have air conditioning.

At Edison High School, contractors are currently testing the installation in parts of the building -- but just like at Patrick Henry High School, it's a multi-year project that involves running ductwork and lowering ceilings. That means some classrooms will be cooled the way they always have been, with open windows and fans.

The heat advisory will remain in effect until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and OSHA recommends frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments for those who are working in the heat.

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