Staying cool during the heat wave


by Lane Kimble
by Jesse Tovar

MILWAUKEE -- Slowing down and drinking water is the best way to stay healthy in this extreme heat and still many are saying ill effects of the weather are just kind of sneaking up on them.

"Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed," Mayor Tom Barrett hopes those are words to live by during this heat wave. 

Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele announced the opening of cooling centers Wednesday after the heat advisory went into effect Tuesday night.

Air conditioned Milwaukee Public Libraries will stay open for extended hours Wednesday, Thursday and possibly Friday.  New measures are being taken at the county courthouse after two deputies were affected by the heat.

"We have cooling stations, we have a bus outside that people can cool down in, we've got water, we've got volunteers from the Red Cross who are willing to help people," Abele said.

But while the county works on its courthouse cooling issues, the city is giving people fun and free ways to beat the heat. Seven cooling centers throughout the city are pumping out "liquid A/C" as adults and kids alike splash in the water.

"Everybody can be cool and stay safe," said one cool spot kid.

But if you do choose to stay inside instead, don't forget your neighbors, friends, and family.

Along with libraries and cool spots, Milwaukee Housing Authority will open its doors to anyone looking for a break from the heat from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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