There’s no shortage of events over the next few days in Northeast Wisconsin. Some of these concerts and festivals will coincide with dangerously hot weather.
“Mother Nature’s unpredictable,” Paperfest marketing director Matthew Boots says. “You never know what you’re going to get.”
This year they’re getting a Heat Advisory issued for counties in the Action 2 News viewing area. It’s in effect until 11 p.m. Friday.
What does that mean? The National Weather Service says, “Hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.”
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Friday looks like the most oppressively hot day. Temperatures will be in the 90’s. Add the humidity and it will feel like 100 to 106 degrees.
There’s a lot going on Friday. Oshkosh has Rock USA. Kimberly has Paperfest. Pulaski has Polka Days. Green Bay has the 1K Kids Run.
Festivals are taking all the precautions to make sure everyone has a good time.
Organizers are providing free water for the thousands of people expected to visit these events.
“We will have water on hand for anyone who needs it, so we’ll make sure to take care of everyone,” says Boots.
Rock USA is expecting its biggest crowd ever, topping 30,000 fans.
“Safety of our fans is our number one concern,” says Derek Liebhauser of Hypervibe. “Our fans is what makes us tick and keeps us alive so keeping them safe is obviously our number one priority.”
In addition to free water, Rock USA fans will have access to multiple misting stations.
Rock USA and Paperfest will have paramedics on hand in the event that someone falls ill.
Some people coming to the festival also planned for the heat.
“We just kind of wanted to dress light and lots of water. That was our big plan, lots of sunscreen and water,” Kelly Shamp at Rock USA said.
Here’s what you should keep in mind.
EFFECTS OF HEAT
80 to 90 degrees Fatigue possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.
90 to 105 degrees Sunstroke, heat cramps, and/or heat exhaustion possible with prolonged exposure and or physical activity.
105 to 130 degrees Sunstroke, heat cramps, and/or heat exhaustion likely, and heatstroke possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.
BEATING THE HEAT
Stay indoors or out of the sun. Run air-conditioning, or fans if they cool the air (circulating a hot breeze can be worse than no breeze). Otherwise enjoy public, air-conditioned places such as shopping malls.
Drink more water or juice. Avoid drinks with caffeine, carbonation. Also avoid alcohol, which dries you out and reduces your ability to recognize signs of heat stress.
Eat less protein and other foods that increase your metabolism.
Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
Avoid strenuous activity including running, bicycling, and yard work.
Check on the elderly, who are most susceptible to heat stress.
Check on children, who may be too young– or simply having too much fun– to recognize the signs of heat stress.
WATCH THE FORECAST
The StormCenter 2 team will keep you updated on air and online. Visit https://www.wbay.com/weather for current conditions, forecasts and the heat index.
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