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UNDATED (WRN)   Parts of Wisconsin are under an excessive heat warning – and that can be hazardous. The heat has descended across the state, and Department of Health Services spokeswoman Jennifer Miller says we all need to be good neighbors, and check in on those who may not be able to get out of the heat, including older adults and young children, and people with physical or mental health conditions. “They may not be aware of how hot it is, or where they can go to get into some air conditioning,” Miller says.

There’s an online list of cooling centers posted at ReadyWisconsin.wi.org. Of course many people have to work outdoors in the heat, and Miller says they should pace themselves, take frequent breaks and stay properly hydrated. Soda and coffee don’t work so well for that. “We recommend water,” says Miller.

And of course, remember hot cars, kids and pets don’t mix under any circumstances. The western third of Wisconsin is under an excessive heat warning until midnight Tuesday, as the heat index could reach 110.

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