Health officials advising people on rising temperatures
WTMJ News Team
Todd Hicks reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- What are people doing to stay cool on Monday's temperatures in the 90s?
The sweltering temperatures drive some people out to the beach, but health officials admit they're worried about a possible heat emergency in the city and the dangers that come with it.
It's days like Monday that painter Max Netschajiwski hates. "It's just miserable, even in the shade its horrible."
Hot, humid and sticky conditions are stopping him from doing what he gets paid to do. "You can't paint when its this hot, the paint will turn to glue, that's how hot it is."
People who work outside are not the only ones worried rising temperatures, "We're not in that danger zone yet, but I'm preparing as a health official to get near it," said Paul Biedrzycki of the Milwaukee Health Department.
That danger zone is a heat index of 105 degrees, a mix of temperatures and humidity considered a killer for many, including children and the elderly. "We see most of the heat related deaths in the people that are socially isolated, they are home bound, they are elderly, some with mental health conditions," said Biedrzycki.
Officials told TODAY'S TMJ4 the easiest way to protect yourself is to get somewhere cool. If you don't have air conditioning -- go to a mall, a library or another cooling center.