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 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.

Staying cool

Milwaukee County Parks are extending public pool hours both days, and . Patch has prepared throughout suburban Milwaukee, while Brookfield Patch featured a . Blogger Lori Mendelsohn Thomas during extreme heat.


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