Local communities prepare for extreme heat

Residents are advised to take precautions
Posted at 11:32 AM, Jul 20, 2016

The City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) has issued an 'Excessive Heat Health Watch,' due to weather forecasts indicating heat index values between 95 to 110 the next two days.

The extreme temperatures can create deadly conditions - especially for the elderly, children, and people with chronic underlying conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory, or mental health illness.


The Milwaukee Health Department recommends citizens to take the following precautions with the high heat expected:

  • Stay Cool

    • Limit physical activity. Spend part of the day in air-conditioned spaces. 
    • Never leave children or pets in a parked car. Temperatures can become deadly within minutes.
    • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
    • Take cool baths, showers, and use wet towels on skin to cool down. 
    • Take advantage of "cool spots," which have extended hours Thursday and Friday.

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  • Stay Hydrated

    • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if not thirsty.
    • Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. They can increase heat effects.


  • Stay Informed

    • Look for  heat-related illness symptoms, this includes:
      • Dizziness
      • Nausea
      • Headache
      • Fainting
    • Check on relatives, friends, and  neighbors. Especially those with higher risk to heat-related illness.
    • Stay with TODAY'S TMJ4 and Storm Team for updated weather reports, alerts and safety tips. 

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The Milwaukee Health Department will be working with the Milwaukee Heat Task Force to increase surveillance for heat-related illness during this heat wave.  Additional heat safety tips and information by the Milwaukee Health Department can be found here


Other communities have issued similar advisories and tips for staying cool. Links to them can be found below:

Local community pool links: