With "Excessive Heat Watch" set to take effect, you'll be allowed to bring water to Waukesha Co. Fair

WAUKESHA -- The National Weather Service has issued an "Excessive Heat Watch" set to take effect on Thursday, July 21st at noon and continue through Friday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. for most of southeastern Wisconsin.

An "Excessive Heat Watch" means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation where heat illnesses are possible.

The impending excessive heat is prompting warnings from officials across southeastern Wisconsin.

"Ring of Fire" at Waukesha County Fair

"Ring of Fire" may be the most appropriately named ride at the Waukesha County Fair, which begins Wednesday, July 20th and continues through the 24th -- as the heat wave takes hold.

"It`s something that we are used to and it`s something we always plan for," Chrissy Gluege, executive director of the Waukesha County Fair said.

Chrissy Gluege

Fair officials have increased the number of misting stations at the fair from one to three. Visitors will also be allowed to bring in their own bottled water.

"We removed that water bottle ban. We`re moving forward with that -- allowing people to bring in water bottles that are sealed," Gluege said.

So how hot will it get?

The FOX6 Weather Experts are predicting the biggest three-day heatwave since August of 2013 with heat indices about 100 degrees.

Thursday, July 21st could feel like 106 degrees, Friday 105, and Saturday may seem like a cool down at 101.

Scott Mickelsen with Bell Ambulance

"When it gets very hot and humid, people with pre-existing repertory problems have more trouble breathing," Scott Mickelsen with Bell Ambulance said.

When it gets excessively hot outside, Mickelsen said calls for service increase by about 20 percent. Heatstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration are bound to claim many victims.

"It could really happen to anybody. If you don`t stay hydrated, that`s the biggest thing," Mickelsen said.

Mickelsen says your best defense is always having a bottle of water at your side -- even when you're in the shade.

"It`s July. The Waukesha County Fair always happens in July and we always experience heat," Gluege said.

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