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Boundary Waters named by USA Today as one of the Top Ten Places to Extend the Summer

Record High Set at New Weather Station  - July 1, 2002

People from the Twin Cities often escape to the Northwoods to avoid the heat of the city.  Generally, they are right, with an average high of 78 degrees, and a mean temperature of 67 in Ely.

On Monday, Ely beat records going back to 1966.  On July 1st, 2002 the high was recorded at 99 degrees with the record for that date only being 91.  The record was also beaten for the entire month of July.  The previous record for the month was 96, set back in 1988.  Minneapolis had a high of only 94 (also above average).

The new records were set at the new weather station recently installed at Voyageur North Outfitters by  Current weather data, including forecasts for Ely, Orr, Crane Lake, International Falls, and Grand Marais can be found online at

"Stations are being installed around the perimeter of the Boundary Waters to aid in trip planning, as well as an aid in safety," explained Erik Anderson of  "We've installed a lightning detector at Gunflint and hope to do so in Ely as well to assist local authorities in tracking potential forest fires."

Tips to Beat the Heat

  • Drink plenty of water - 1/2 cup every 15 minutes recommended
  • Avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages, and hot drinks, including coffee
  • Eat right and eat light
  • Dress in light weight, light colored clothes that are loose-fitting
  • Remove layers of clothing if possible
  • Where a hat to help shade you from the sun
  • Use a fan and find air conditioning
  • Plan activities in the morning or evening to avoid peak sun

Remember to be careful of heat related illness.  Symptoms of heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, exhaustion, weakness, muscle cramps, paleness, dizziness, headache, nausea or fainting. People experiencing these symptoms should be moved to a cool, shady or air-conditioned area and given cool water or sports drink. 

Potentially life-threatening heat stroke, has symptoms of a body temperature of 103 degrees or more, often hot/dry skin with no sweating, reddish or gray skin color, rapid pulse, headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, diarrhea, and unconsciousness.  People experiencing heat stroke need immediate medical assistance. Before help arrives, begin cooling the victim with cool water in a tub or lightly with a garden hose.

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