High temperatures and high humidity are expected across central Wisconsin this weekend

High temperatures and high humidity are expected across central Wisconsin this weekend

Warm air from the Southwest is moving toward Wisconsin and will likely bring with it high temperatures, humidity and an increased risk of heat-related illness, according to the National Weather Service.

High temperatures and high humidity are forecast this weekend, which could lead to an increased risk of heat-related illness in central Wisconsin.

According to Rebecca Kruk, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80s and lower 90s during the day Saturday and Sunday, and only drop to the upper 60s and lower 70s at night. Temperatures in the upper 80s could persist into Monday.

Warm nighttime temperatures mean little recovery time for people planning to spend a lot of time outdoors this weekend, Kruk said. The dew point will also be near the predicted nighttime temperatures, resulting in humid conditions and a higher risk of heat-related illness.

The heat index is expected to rise from Saturday into Sunday and could exceed the predicted air temperature. The National Weather Service advises people to exercise “extra caution” when heat index values ​​exceed 90 degrees. Effects such as heat stroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible with both prolonged exposure and physical activity in high temperatures.

Is the heat an effect of tropical beryl?

No. As the storm moves northeast across the United States, parts of southeastern Wisconsin could see some rain from the storm, which began as a hurricane in the Caribbean last week and made landfall in Texas early Monday morning. Central Wisconsin will have some cloud cover Wednesday as the central storm moves through Illinois and Indiana.

The heat expected this weekend is following southwesterly winds and will cross the Great Plains and then reach central Wisconsin in the coming days.

Preventing heat-related illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following tips for staying safe during extreme heat:

  • Drink more fluids, no matter how active you are, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Avoid very sweet or alcoholic drinks – they actually cause you to lose more body fluids.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned room whenever possible.
  • Choose light, loose clothes.
  • Do not leave children or anyone else in the car.
  • Try to limit your outdoor activity to the coolest hours, such as morning and evening. Rest frequently in shaded areas so your body has a chance to recover.
  • Limit exercise during hot weather. If you are not used to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and gradually increase the pace.

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Erik Pfantz covers local government and education in central Wisconsin for the USA-TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin and values ​​his background as a rural Wisconsinite. Contact him at [email protected].