Hot Temperatures & Humidity

Follow these tips to stay safe during extreme heat:

  • Stay in air conditioning. When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, head to libraries, malls, and other public spaces to keep cool. In addition to public spaces, there are two cooling sites available for those looking for a break from the heat:
    • NEW Community Shelter,  located at 301 Mather Street, Green Bay
      During the heat wave, anyone can stop by the NEW Community Shelter’s cooling site, located in the cafeteria, between 8-4:00 p.m. to take a break, drink some water, and escape the heat.
    • Green Bay Salvation Army, located at 626 Union Court, Green Bay
      During the summer months, the Green Bay Salvation Army will open a cooling site whenever the temperature reaches 85 degrees or above for anyone needing water and a break from the heat, Monday – Friday, from 8 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Check on loved ones. Be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day. If you have to be outside, stick to the cooler morning and evening hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, air conditioned breaks.
  • Beware of hot cars. Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water on hot days. Avoid alcohol and hot, heavy meals.
  • Stay informed. Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely. Pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.
  • Remember that anyone can get sick from the heat. In Wisconsin, people ages 15-34 are the most likely to report to the ER for getting sick from the heat. No matter your age or how healthy you are, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed on hot days.

If you start feeling overheated, weak, dizzy, nauseated, or have muscle cramps, you could be experiencing heat illness. Move to air conditioning, drink water, get under a fan, and put on cool washcloths. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, go to the emergency room.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ heat safety webpage and watch their heat safety video.