April 19, 2014

Heat wave continues

Hot sunny day in Wisconsin (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Above normal temps linger. Weather officials issue a heat advisory for a big portion of Wisconsin. Mark Gehring, meteorologist and lead forecaster with the National Weather Service, anticipates more heat advisories to come for northern and central Wisconsin. “The heat advisories we have out right now for the southern and western parts of the state go all the way through Friday evening. So we have a prolonged heat wave that is occurring here. The heat indices will be anywhere from 95 to 105. Temperatures may hit 100 on Tuesday in southern Wisconsin.”

Gehring says it’s been a long time since southern Wisconsin has seen temps in the area of 100, back around 1995. The normal high for the Fourth of July holiday in Wisconsin’s Capital City is 82 degrees. Officials issue heat advisories for good reason. “If you have prolonged exposure to this heat and humidity, that can be dangerous for you.”

It’s important to give your body a break from the heat. Find a cool place, even if just for small periods of time, and drink lots of water. Wisconsin might get out of the 90s by Sunday, but not for long. And Gehring doesn’t see rain in the forecast for the scorching bottom third of the state. Even the northern most parts of Wisconsin will be hot. The jet stream is to blame; it’s lingering in Canada, preventing the cooler temps from returning to the U.S.

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