Southeast Wisconsin braces for blast of heat Tuesday
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The heat is on! A Heat Advisory will kick in at noon Tuesday, lasting until 8pm for the following counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Jefferson, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha. Heat Index values ranging from 95 to 105°.
During extreme heat conditions, the Milwaukee Health Department is advising citizens to take the following precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent heat-related illness:
- Slow down. limit physical activity, and try to spend part of your day in an air-conditioned space
- Never leave children or pets in a parked car. Temperatures can become life-threatening in minutes
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
- Take cool baths or showers and use wet towels on your skin to help you cool down
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day regardless of thirst
- Avoid consuming caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, as these can increase heat effects
- Check weather reports for extreme heat alerts and safety tips
- Be aware of symptoms of heat-related illness such as dizziness, nausea, headache, or fainting
- Check on relatives, friends, or neighbors, especially those most susceptible to heat-related illness such as the elderly, children, and anyone with an underlying physical or mental health condition
The MHD will be enhancing surveillance for heat-related illness in the coming days, and working with Milwaukee Heat Task Force partners to address vulnerable population needs during this period.
Persons who require special assistance may call 211, the Community Information Line in Milwaukee County. Additional heat safety tips and information are available at www.milwaukee.gov/hotweathersafety.
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