Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - A stretch of 90 degree weather is expected this week in western Wisconsin. Heat indices near or above 100 degrees are imminent.
"Unfortunately, not much relief is in sight," said Meteorologist Nick Grunseth. "We have a very warm air mass overhead and a south wind pulling up a lot of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. The combination of the two with the sunshine leads to the extremely hot weather."
The News 18 Forecast Team is urging people to exercise caution this week by drinking lots of water and staying in cool places. According to NOAA, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S., claiming on average more than 200 lives per year.
It is also starting to get dry in parts of the area.
"Those especially south and east of Eau Claire may start to see the lawns and crops turn yellow," said Grunseth. "This is especially important because the fire danger will start to climb. Be very careful with fireworks."
As always, a full, detailed forecast is available on the WQOW weather page.
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