City Eyes Ban on Burning, Fireworks as Heat Index Expected to Break 100 on Thursday
No decision yet but council may hold special session to nix burning and fireworks before week's end; temps will be in the mid-90s Wednesday & Thursday, with little chance of rain. Thursday's dew points will be higher, creating uncomfortable conditions
Heat indices are expected to push 100 degrees Wednesday and top that mark on Thursday on the two hottest days of 2012.
As this compounds the continuing hot and dry conditions, Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti advised the Common Council Tuesday night that a decision on whether Muskego will ban burning and fireworks will be coming, and will require a special session to approve. A decision on fireworks would have to be made by Saturday, Chiaverotti explained, because the permits allow use beginning on July 1.
"Fireworks are a separate ordinance from burning, so both would need to be addressed," Chiaverotti said. "The third of July fireworks would not be affected because they are set off from a barge on the lake."
Heat may push records
Patch’s media partners at FOX6 predict temperature highs of 94 and then 96, with dew points on Thursday pushing the heat index — the true indication of how it feels outside — as high as 105.
If you are truly fascinated by the climbing temperatures, the National Weather Services updates current conditions hourly, with the “remarks” section noting heat index numbers when they exceed 90.
Milwaukee County Parks are extending public pool hours both days, and Waukesha County beaches will do the same. Patch has prepared a guide to pools and other watery fun throughout suburban Milwaukee, while Brookfield Patch featured a more comprehensive list of ways to stay cool. Blogger Lori Mendelsohn Thomas reinforced the message about keeping pets out of parked cars during extreme heat.