MADISON (WKOW) — The hot weather isn’t going anywhere. Make sure you are prepared for the excessive heat later this week.
An Excessive Heat Watch is active for Grant, Richland and Crawford Counties beginning Thursday afternoon and lasting through Saturday evening. Heat index values during this time will range from 100-110°F.
More counties are expected to be added to this watch as the week unfolds.
FORECAST While today’s highs will reach the upper 80s, it’ll FEEL like the low 90s when accounting for high humidity. Just a few evening storms will be possible, mainly north and west of Dane County.
Wednesday looks similar to today, but isolated showers and storms are likely to roam the region during the day and at night. If one finds you, consider yourself lucky – it’ll help cool things down. Heat index values should peak in the mid 90s by afternoon, a few ticks higher than today.
Thursday will be very hot with highs in the low 90s and heat index values ranging from 98 to 104°. While spotty storms appear possible once again, most areas will stay dry.
Friday looks like the hottest day of the week with highs in the mid 90s and heat index values reaching the scorching 100 to 110° range. Saturday will be similar to Thursday with regard to actual highs and the heat index. Storms are anticipated later Saturday afternoon and night as a cold front finally slips through the area. This will provide a merciful break from the heat and humidity starting on Sunday.
Longtime exposure to this level of heat is particularly dangerous for the elderly, pets, and very young children.
There are a few important things to keep in mind when we experience the excessive summer heat.
- Look before you lock! It is NEVER safe to leave children or animals locked in the car. Temperatures heat up much faster in the sun and can be extremely dangerous.
- Stay hydrated! Limit strenuous activity outside, find shade, wear sunscreen and take many breaks when working outside.
- Check on your elderly neighbors and those without air conditioning.