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Finding the hottest spots in southeast Wisconsin

Posted: 7:28 PM, Jul 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-19 20:28:14-04

MILWAUKEE — You already know how hot it was today, but you may not know the exact temperature of the hottest areas and objects in southeast Wisconsin. Spoiler alert, TODAY'S TMJ4 recorded temperatures around 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

With a thermometer gun we bought at a home goods store, TODAY'S TMJ4 went in search of the hottest things we could find.

A lot of people who had to work in the heat had it tough, but none had it as bad as the people working on North Lake Drive in Whitefish Bay. Crews were laying down asphalt, and the temperature around them was as high as 256 degrees.

Food truck cooks had it rough, too. In Fafelles Eatery food truck, right next to the grill registered as high as 158 degrees.

We went to Kinnickinnic Park to see if anyone was hanging out in the shade. No one was there. There was a good reason for that. The bottom of the slide was as hot as 120 degrees. The basketball court pavement was as hot as 120 degrees, too. The court was painted with white lines, and those lines were 7 degrees cooler than the rest of the court. It's case in point as why you should wear lighter-colored clothes on hot days.

It's cooler by the lake, right? Relatively speaking, yes. However, the ground at McKinley Beach was as high as 109 degrees. The water was much nicer. It was a cool 69 degrees.

So, what does all of this mean? On a hot day, go jump in the lake if you have to be outside.