Wednesday is shaping up to be a steamy Independence Day in central Wisconsin. The National Weather Service is continuing their Heat Advisory for Shawano, Marathon, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Price counties. Meanwhile Taylor, Clark, Jackson, Monroe, Juneau and Adams counties are under Excessive Heat Warnings out through 10pm Friday.
StormTrack 9 Meteorologist Justin Loew is calling for near record temperatures and lots of humidity over the next few days. He says the record high for Wednesday in Wausau is 95 and the record high on Thursday is 96. He reminds you to take it easy in the heat. "Find some shade, some air conditioning, or a nice pool or lake for a cooling swim." Read Justin's full forecast here.
The National Weather Service reports that heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. According to NWS, heat kills hundreds each year. That is more than floods, lightning tornadoes and hurricanes combined.
Cooling centers will be open for people who need a cool place to rest. The Marathon County Public Library will host a heat wave movie marathon from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 5 at the Wausau Headquarters Library. The movies will be suitable for adults. Children can participate in a craft day in the children's department of the library.
Wood County will open cooling stations based upon need. If you are in need of assistance please contact the following fire department in the area closest to you. In Wisconsin Rapids please call 715-421-6277, Marshfield please call 715-486-2094 extension 0, and Pittsville please call 715-884-6514. Fire department personnel can direct you to the cooling station will be located. Cooling stations will be open from 11 am - 9 pm through Friday.
You can avoid heatstroke and other heat related injuries by slowing down. Save your outdoor work and exercise for cooler times. Children, senior citizens and people with health problems are especially vulnerable in the heat. Don't leave anyone - children, pets or adults - in a hot car, even for a little while. Temperatures inside can skyrocket very quickly.
Make sure to stay hydrated. Water and other non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids are best. The National Weather Service even notes that putting less fuel on your inner fires will help you stay cooler. "Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss."