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Heat wave causes dangerous conditions, especially for seniors, infants

It's going to be an uncomfortable and downright dangerous week in Wisconsin, as heat indices top a hundred degrees. Wisconsin Emergency Management spokeswoman Lori Getter says the forecast for this week is "very miserable, very hot, very humid, a...

It's going to be an uncomfortable and downright dangerous week in Wisconsin, as heat indices top a hundred degrees.

Wisconsin Emergency Management spokeswoman Lori Getter says the forecast for this week is "very miserable, very hot, very humid, and very dangerous."

With temperatures in the high 90s and a heat index of 100 for much of the state, Getter says this weather needs to be taken very seriously. She warns it can take just a few minutes for a child or pet to die in a car, even with the windows rolled down because of the scorching heat.

Meteorologist Zack Taylor of the National Weather Service in La Crosse says the dangerous conditions are expected to last through the end of the week, with cooler temperatures this weekend. He says it's actually pretty uncommon to have it be this hot and humid for this long, noting that it's something the NWS hasn't seen in at least a decade.

Getter says the primary concerns are for people without air conditioning and for vulnerable populations. She says unfortunately, there are a few deaths every year that resulted from the heat waves, especially among seniors or the very young, who lack air conditioning in their homes.

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"Their bodies simply cannot take that type of heat," says Getter.

If you don't have air conditioning, Getter recommends staying with friends or family who have it. She says some counties will have cooling centers open this week. Getter also says libraries, churches, and malls are good places to beat the heat.

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