Madison broke another record high today, reaching 103 degrees and making today the hottest yet in our recent heat wave.
Today, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin reminded residents to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, not just once but several times a day during weather like this.
And after Madison schools canceled summer classes, and Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) canceled summer enrichment camps and sports league activities, Mayor Soglin suggested further cancellations.
"Outdoor activities, particularly athletics, should be rescheduled the next couple of days."
The city also wants to remind those who need a cool place to stay to use the city's cooling centers. The center at Garner Park will be open till noon Saturday. The much-busier Monona Terrace center will be moving Friday morning to the Senior Center on Mifflin Street, where it will also stay open till noon Saturday. City buses will take you there for free.
Meanwhile, we found plenty of people cooling off at Goodman Pool Thursday.
"It's summer. It's Wisconsin. I'll take this (heat) over 20-below any day," said Steve Leverentz, who planned to spend the afternoon at the pool with his two sons.
City officials say they've seen record turnout at Goodman Pool and city beaches. And there could be even more people at the pool Friday when admission is $1 off the normal price.
In addition to those places, MSCR opened extra pools at three of the city's high schools Thursday for free, open swim.
While city pools, beaches and splash parks are a good way to cool off, doctors say you may be better off in an air-conditioned indoor environment on such warm days.
"Sometimes it can be a little deceiving when you're in a pool," says Dr. Beth Tumpach, an emergency room physician at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. "You feel like you're staying cool, but you can actually still get dehydrated."
As of 5:30 p.m. Thursday, St. Mary's has seen a total of 47 heat-related emergency room visits at its eight area locations over the past two days. UW Hospitals and clinics had seen eight.
Public Health Madison and Dane County is reminding people of the symptoms of heat-related illness. They include: hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, chills, throbbing headache, nausea, high body temperature, dizziness, confusion and slurred speech.
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