Hospitals brace for more extreme heat-related illnesses
the WTMJ News Team
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MILWAUKEE - The extreme heat is turning dangerous again in Southeastern Wisconsin.
With temperatures expected to rise beyond 100 degrees on Tuesday, hospitals were expecting to see another influx of heat-related illnesses.
Monday's heat didn't bring any heat-related cases to Columbia St. Mary's and Froedtert Hospital's emergency rooms.
Still, there have been at least eight heat-related deaths in Wisconsin since July 1st.
"We are all year round, outside, walker people," explained Ginny Norum. She and her friends like to exercise outdoors.
They're cutting back with this latest heat wave - a move that athletic trainer Joe Hoff says is a smart move.
"We're taking it a lot slower, and probbaly not going to do quite as long," explained Hoff.
He said that one of the dangers of exercising outdoors is dehydration.
"Once you're thirsty, you've already lost one to two percent of your body weight, and at that case, you're already decreasing some physiological functions."
Bell Ambulance is preparing for cases of dehydration.
They've added staff and stocked every ambulance with ice and cold drinks for paramedics.
Hoff considers it key to know your limits.
"If you're going to go outside, make sure you take 10-15 minute breaks."
The bottom line: make sure you have water with you on Tuesday.
Click here for more tips on staying cool in extreme heat.