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MILWAUKEE -- The beginning of the work week means a couple days of extreme heat -- the second extreme heat wave to hit southeastern Wisconsin this month. All of southeastern Wisconsin is under a heat advisory from noon Monday, July 16th through 9:00 p.m. Tuesday. Heat indexes near 105° are expected.

McGovern Park Senior Center is one of the places seniors in the Milwaukee area can cool off. Additionally, the City of Milwaukee has activated cooling centers, and some pools have extended hours due to the heat advisory.

Laquita Bell found a shaded area under the trees to relax Monday afternoon while her daughter played in the sprinkler. Bell said she's making sure her daughter stays safe while playing outdoors.

"Hopefully I won't get wet, but it's good for the kids on a hot, summer day. Keep them hydrated with water, and bring them to spots like this where they can get wet," Bell said.

Bertha Troutman escaped to the McGovern Park Senior Center.

"I managed to get myself cool because I have air conditioning. Then, I come down here and they have air conditioning here, and my car has air conditioning, so I'm pretty well set!" Troutman said.

We Energies has some tips for those looking to cut down on energy bills during the heat wave.

"You don't want to keep the air conditioner on while you are not there. Turn it on once you get home, and set the thermostat so it goes on right before you get home," We Energies Spokeswoman Cathy Schulze said.

When there's a heat advisory in effect, We Energies does not disconnect customers for non-payment.

CLICK HERE for more energy-saving ideas from We Energies.

CLICK HERE for more information on County pools, along with wading pools and splash pads via the County Parks website.

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