Forecast: Heat and humidity combine for dangerous conditions | Science & Environment


Residents of Dane County will face dangerous heat following a windstorm that left thousands without power on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of southern and central Wisconsin beginning Tuesday morning and extending through Wednesday evening as high temperatures and humidity will leave it feeling 105 degrees.

“It’s kind of a combination of the two,” said Weather Service meteorologist Chris Stumpf. “It will create problems.”

The hottest temperatures will arrive on Tuesday afternoon, although the heat index could still reach 100 degrees on Wednesday, according to forecasts from the weather service.

Those without air conditioning will also face a threat on Tuesday evening, as the low is only expected to reach 74, which may be even more dangerous than the midday heat for those without air conditioning.

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The Madison-Dane County Joint Public Health Department warns people to take precautions such as drinking plenty of water, wearing loose clothing, limiting outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, and looking for air-conditioned spaces, including senior centers, libraries and shopping malls. .

People are also encouraged to check on friends, family and neighbors, especially those without air conditioning.

The temperature is expected to return to the mid 60s on Wednesday evening. Thursday’s high is expected to reach 85, although Stumpf said humidity levels will drop. Highs are expected to be closer to normal through the weekend, although the 90s are possible again next week.


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