November 24, 2014

Excessive heat warning in effect

Hot sunny day in Wisconsin (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Most of southern Wisconsin is dealing with a heat wave, with little relief in sight.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for most southern Wisconsin, which will remain in effect until Friday night. Temperatures across much of the state are expected to continuing climbing and heat indexes will rise above 100 degrees in many areas.

The warning is prompting action from state agencies, which are urging residents to take extreme caution because of the heat.

Several communities have opened up cooling shelters where people can seek relief if they don’t have air conditioning. Information is available online or by calling 211.

The state DOT is also advising drivers to watch out for buckled pavement. Traffic on several major highways has already been slowed down this week while crews work to make emergency repairs.