With the heat advisory issued for Thursday – and the heat index expected to soar into the low 100s – please be careful as you head out. Stay cool.
Here are a few local notes on the heat …
- The South Milwaukee Downtown Market will occur as scheduled, from 3 to 7 p.m., on Thursday. But we have cancelled the outdoor music.
- The South Milwaukee Public Library and Grobschmidt Senior Center are cooling sites for South Milwaukee and are open to the general public in a health emergency. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The senior center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Those hours may be extended if necessary.
- The Grobschmidt Pool is open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 :30 p.m. Thursday.
Remember that the elderly, infants and young children, persons with chronic health problems and people on medication for mental health conditions are most susceptible to heat-related health effects. Please pay special attention to people who may be isolated or unable to recognize the effects of extreme heat.
Here are additional tips from the Milwaukee County Heat Task Force, of which South Milwaukee Health Administrator Jacqueline Ove is a member.
- Stay out of the sun, avoid strenuous outdoor activities and seek cooling in buildings with AC. Basements are also generally cooler than upper floor of buildings.
- Showers, baths and cool rags can also provide relief.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine (2-4 glasses per hour).
- Wear loose-fitting light colored clothing.
- Check frequently on elderly relatives and neighbors or those individuals homebound or isolated.
- Do not leave young children or pets in cars for even a few minutes.
I’ll keep you posted when I get more updates.