This year?s heat wave is part of a broader trend of rising temperatures in Wisconsin, according to a new report released by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group.
Matt Wallace, an environmental associate with the group, said that global warming is happening, and Wisconsinites are feeling the heat, with substantial increases in above average temperatures over the past five years. Wallace says temperatures will continue to rise unless we quickly and significantly reduce global warming pollution.
In the continental United States, the first seven months of 2006 were the warmest January-July of any year on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center. In Wisconsin, the average temperature was 5° F above the 20th century average, making it the third warmest January-July on record.