7/16/11 – Meteorologists are predicting some of the hottest and most humid weather of the season beginning tomorrow and lasting throughout the week. The National Weather Service has already issued Excessive Heat watches for western Wisconsin and it’s expected that will be expanded into our area soon. That has local emergency responders urging the public to stay hydrated. Beaver Dam Deputy Fire Chief Matt Christian says – especially if you’re going to be outside – you should drink plenty of fluids. He says water is good, but a drink with electrolytes is even better because it replaces the salt that is lost when you sweat. Christian also urges the public to check in on older neighbors. Dodge County Emergency Management Director Joe Meagher says its vital people take the warnings seriously as summer heat waves have been the biggest weather related killer in the state over the past 50-years.