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

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

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


The high heat and humidity forecast for this weekend will increase the risk of heat-related illness throughout central Wisconsin.

Air temperatures are expected to be in the high 86-87 degrees Fahrenheit range on Saturday and Sunday, dropping only to 64-69 degrees Fahrenheit overnight, according to Rebecca Kruk, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit could persist into Monday.

The warm temperatures at night mean little recovery time for people who plan to spend a lot of time outdoors this weekend, Kruk said. The dew point will also be right around the forecast nighttime temperatures, leading to humid conditions and a higher risk of heat-related illness.

The heat index is expected to increase Saturday into Sunday and could exceed the forecast air temperature. The National Weather Service advises people to exercise “extreme caution” when heat index readings are above 90 degrees. Effects such as heat stroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible with either prolonged exposure or physical activity in high temperatures.

Is the heat an effect of Tropical Depression Beryl?

No. As the storm moves northeast across the United States, some parts of southeastern Wisconsin could see some rain. The storm began as a hurricane in the Caribbean last week and reached Texas early Monday. Central Wisconsin will be somewhat cloudy Wednesday as the central storm moves through Illinois and Indiana.

The heat forecast for this weekend will follow a southwesterly flow and move across the Prairie States before reaching central Wisconsin in the next few days.

Prevention of heat-related illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following tips to stay safe in extreme heat:

  • Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are, and don’t wait to drink until you’re thirsty. Avoid drinks that are high in sugar or alcohol – these actually cause you to lose more body fluids.
  • If possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.
  • Choose light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not leave children or other people in the car.
  • Try to limit your outdoor activities to the coolest hours, such as the morning and evening, and rest frequently in the shade to allow your body to recover.
  • Reduce physical activity in 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 USA-TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin and values ​​his background as a rural Wisconsinite. Contact him at [email protected].