Heat Wave Enters Last Days

7/21/11 – Wisconsin will get at least some relief today, after four days of stifling heat and humidity. The National Weather Service said a cold front moved into western Wisconsin during the night, bringing lower humidities and slightly cooler temperatures. It was in the 60’s at five o’clock as far south as Eau Claire. But much of southern Wisconsin was still in the 80’s. An excessive heat warning remains in effect in our area until 9pm tonight. Yesterday, which was supposed to be the hottest day of the heat wave, didn’t disappoint. It hit 95 in Juneau breaking the record for the day of 94 set back in 1987. At the Watertown airport it got up to 99-degrees but with the heat index it felt more like 109-degrees. It was 95 in Fond du Lac with a heat index of 107-degrees. Madison tied a record with 97-degrees while the mercury hit 100 yesterday in Janesville and Boscobel. State officials have reported no heat-related deaths – even though the heat wave is similar to one in 1995 in which 115 Wisconsinites died.