A National Weather Service heat advisory has spurred a call for staying safe from the City of Rochester and Olmsted County. 

Dangerous heat is expected through Friday, with afternoon temperatures of 90 to 95 degrees expected. Heat indices are expected to climb to 100 to 105 degrees, according to the weather service.

Rochester Public Transit is offering free bus rides Thursday and Friday to provide residents in need of transportation a free, air-conditioned ride to a cool place. Riders can simply tell the bus driver they are taking the free offer for “a cool place to be.”

Olmsted County Public Health officials are encouraging residents to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and utilizing air-conditioning. If air-conditioning is not available, seek public buildings such as libraries and community centers, malls and movie theaters during the heat of the day.

Salvation Army’s Community Center, 20 First Ave NE, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday as an option to escape the heat.

Additionally, children and pets should not be left unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows rolled down or for a few minutes.

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