Kathryn Minster, 24, of Mequon enjoys skating with her 2-year-old dog, Shelly, on Thursday at the Milwaukee lakefront. Areas right along the Great Lakes are forecast to be the only places in Wisconsin where some relief might be found as a heat wave takes hold across much of Wisconsin during the coming week. (Photo: Angela Peterson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The hottest stretch of weather so far this year is set to arrive in Wisconsin this weekend and then hang around for the coming week, forecasters say.
“It is going to be hot,” said Rebecca Rogers, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Sullivan. “A majority of the state is going to be dealing with the heat.”
Only areas right along the shores of the Great Lakes may see some relief from the heat.
And the heat will be accompanied by muggy air.
The heat index, which measures what it feels like outside when hot temperatures are combined with humidity, is expected to be in the 95- to 100-degree range for most of the coming week in southern Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service.
“The one question is what are the heat indices going to get to?” Rogers said. “That is the less certain part of the forecast.”
It’s possible that the weather service could issue heat advisories during the coming week. “We’re going to have to watch it closely,” Rogers said.
The weather will likely be hot enough to cause heat-related illnesses.
“It’s going to be important to stay hydrated,” Rogers said. “Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; a weak pulse; vomiting; nausea; and cold, pale skin. Signs of heat stroke include a body temperature above 103 degrees; hot, red skin; a rapid pulse; and in some cases unconsciousness.
Heat indices for the Milwaukee area are going to be in the 90s for Monday and Tuesday.
The hot weather is forecast to remain entrenched for much of the week, with only small chances for rain.
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