Governor Doyle has declared Thursday, June 10, 2010 as Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin.
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. NOAA National Weather Service statistical data shows that heat causes more fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined. Based on the 10-year average from 1994 to 2003, excessive heat claimed 237 lives each year. We even experienced our first bout of heat on May 24th and 25th when heat indicies approached 100 deg F in many areas.
The combination of heat and humidity can put a lot of stress on the human body. Heat related sickness can come on quickly unless you follow basic safety tips, including:
To assist with heat-related preparedness, here are various links with additional information: