First day of weather alert for a heat index near 105 degrees

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – This is a FIRST WEATHER ALERT DAY for heat and humidity. We are looking for highs in the mid upper 90s away from the edge of the lake are on track with a heat index of around 105 degrees.

Heat advisories are in effect for parts of the Action 2 News viewing area. CLICK HERE for your first alert forecast.

People who need a place to cool off can visit the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay at 626 Union Court. The Cooling Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“You’ll have a place to sit, you’ll have water, reading materials, coloring books, and we also offer a free lunch program from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.,” says Kristine Schmidt, of the Salvation Army.

The Fox Cities Salvation Army will also be opening a cooling center at its location at 130 E North Street in Appleton. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be ice water available. Free lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Doctors are encouraging people to limit their time outdoors and watch for signs of heat stroke. Hot weather is even hotter when it’s humid. The humidity in the air prevents sweat from evaporating, which is how the body cools down. Sunburn, heat cramps and/or heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.

“When you initially experience heat exhaustion, the first things you feel are muscle cramps, sweating, rapid heartbeat and increased thirst. As you progress to heatstroke, that’s when you’re going to start having confusion. you stop sweating and some people pass out at that point,” says Dr. Kyle McCarty, director of emergencies, HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s Hospitals.

CLICK HERE for Heat Index Chart.

Drink more water or juice. Avoid caffeinated beverages, carbonation. Also avoid alcohol, which is drying and reduces your ability to recognize signs of heat stress.

Eat less protein and other foods that increase your metabolism.

Wear loose, light-colored clothing.

Avoid strenuous activities such as running, biking, and yard work.

Check on the elderly, who are most susceptible to heat stress.

Watch children, who may be too young or just having too much fun, to recognize the signs of heat stress.

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