City of Milwaukee Health Department Issues Heat Health Warning

Residents advised to take precautions during hot weather conditions

MILWAUKEE – The City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) and Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) have issued a Heat Health Warning in response to the National Weather Service (NWS) Excessive Heat Health Warning in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23. During this time, the NWS forecast indicates the Heat Index values in excess of 105-110 degrees are expected across the area. An Excessive Heat Watch remains in effect on Thursday, August 24.

The MHD will be enhancing surveillance for heat-related illness in the coming days and working with Milwaukee Metropolitan Extreme Weather Task Force partners to address vulnerable population needs during this period. Those looking for a place to cool down can visit for an updated list. Those in need of emergency services should call Impact 211 for assistance.

To prevent heat-related illness or death, the Milwaukee Health Department advises citizens to take the following precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Stay Cool

• Slow down. Limit physical activity, and try to spend part of your day in air-conditioned spaces such as shopping malls, movie theaters, or libraries.

• Never leave children or pets in a parked car. Temperatures can become life-threatening within minutes.

• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.

• Take cool baths or showers and use wet towels on your skin to help you cool down.

• Do not rely on fans as a primary cooling device.

• Check in on those most-at-risk twice a day.

Stay Hydrated

• Drink plenty of water throughout the day, regardless of thirst.

• Avoid consuming caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, as these can increase heat effects.

• Remind others to drink enough water.

Stay Informed

• Check local news and weather reports for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.

• Be aware of symptoms of heat-related illness

• Heat exhaustion symptoms include: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, or fainting

• Heat stroke symptoms include: extremely high body temperature, hot and dry skin (sweating), rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, or unconsciousness

• Check on relatives, friends, or neighbors, especially those most susceptible to heat-related illness, which includes the very young, the elderly, and those on certain medications (especially certain medications related to blood pressure, heart disease, and mental health).

Additional guidance on hot weather safety can be found at

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