December 22, 2014

July heat claims eight lives

Record setting hot temperatures in July have claimed the lives of at least eight people in Wisconsin, while the state Health Department says another 11 deaths are under investigation for possible connections to the heat.

Much of the state is still expected to see temps in the high 90s for the first half of this week, and State Health Officer Dr. Henry Anderson says the public needs to remain cautious. Anderson says people should not get complacent “just because you feel you got through the heat last week fine.”

Health officials are urging everyone to drink plenty of fluids, spend the hottest parts of the day in an air-conditioned area, and watch for signs of heat exhaustion. The public is also urged to check on elderly family members and neighbors.

Anderson says those looking for relief from the heat can find local cooling shelters by checking online or calling 211.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:04)