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How to stay safe when the temperature rises

Posted: 2:28 PM, Jul 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-14 18:38:33-04
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ASHWAUBENON — Temperatures are rising, and the National Weather Service says you need to be aware and prepare for extreme heat.

"When it gets to 75 or 80 that's enough for me. That's fine. It's nice. When it gets hotter than that, I don't like it so much,” said Ashwaubenon resident Judy Schlader.

Schlader said she wanted to get her yard work done Sunday because the heat is only going to get worse. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures possibly reaching the 90's this coming week.

"It's starting to warm up. I'll be glad when I’m done,” Schlader said.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service say it's important to look out, not only for the high temperatures but also for the heat index, because humidity can make it feel hotter than it is.

"There's a lot of ways to prepare for that. Make sure you of course that you're aware of the forecast. Make sure your drinking plenty of fluids, limit your time outdoors, wear light clothing, avoid alcohol,” said Meteorologist Kira Jesse.

According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin gets one or two extreme heat waves every summer, causing fatalities and hospitalizations. They say groups like children, the elderly, and pets are the most susceptible to suffer from a heat-related illness. Meteorologists tell us one of the most important tips is to look before you lock.

"Before you lock your car doors, look to make sure you have the people, your children, your pet and that they are not in the car because accidents can happen and temperatures inside the car can heat up really quickly," Jesse said.

Some other tips for staying safe in extreme heat include:

- Staying hydrated by drinking a lot of water.

- Staying cool by spending time in air conditioned locations.

- Slowing down by reducing, eliminating or rescheduling activities outside until the coolest time of day.

- Staying aware by watching for signs of heat-related illnesses, such as weakness, dizziness, nausea, and muscle cramps.

- Avoiding direct sunlight by finding shade.

Click here to learn more about heat safety.