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It's HOT outside. Here's what you need to know to stay cool.

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 14:06:48-04

MILWAUKEE — Get ready to see the sun! It's expected to be a week of amazing weather.

Today marks the beginning of potentially the hottest week of the year in Wisconsin and we're gearing up for a week of fun in the sun. We've included everything YOU need to know to enjoy the heat.

The Forecast:

We are expecting temperatures to climb to around 90 degrees this afternoon, with humidity making it feel more like the middle 90s. It's expected to be a sunny week but there is a chance of a thunderstorm well north of Milwaukee on Monday afternoon. Monday night stays warm and humid with lows around 70. Expect highs in the upper 80s along with high humidity on Tuesday and Wednesday, along with slight storm chances. The heat cranks up on Thursday as high temperatures shoot back into the 90s the rest of the week. The heat index is expected to climb above 100.

See our most recent Storm Team 4Cast here.

Stay Hydrated:

Drink lots of water. The CDC recommends that adults drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. Experts advise increasing this, upping your fluid intake even when you aren't thirsty.

Avoid the alcohol. It's common effects are heightened by sun exposure and heat, meaning that you can put yourself at risk during hot weather activities even if you don't have much to drink.

Pace Yourself:

Slow down and work at an even pace. Know your own limits and ability to work safely in heat. If you experience signs of dizziness, nausea or feel lightheaded, take a break and consider seeking medical attention. It could be a sign of heat stroke, according to the CDC.

Hot Car?

There's nothing better than traveling inside of your air conditioned car on a hot day, but don't get stuck without AC! If your air conditioner isn't blowing cool air like it used to, it might need to be serviced by a qualified professional. Increased temperatures under the hood can cause damage to some vital components.

Consider purchasing a temporary sun shade for your windshield. The inexpensive option can help keep your car cool while parked under direct sunlight.


It's important not to forget about your pets in the warm weather either. Animals can get dehydrated quickly, so ensure that they have plenty of fresh, clean water available. The ASPCA is reminding owners to never leave your animal in a hot car. Signs of heat stroke in an animal include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, even an increased heart and respiratory rate.


Check on the elderly. Older folks with chronic health conditions like vascular disease or diabetes can have trouble in the heat. Increasing temperatures can cause heat stress or even deadly heat stroke. As we age, we gradually lose the ability to perspire and regulate our body temperature.

The City of Milwaukee has opened several cooling locations around the city. Find a location here.