2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Tom Barrett, (D) Milwaukee. "We're here because the heat is on. The heat is on it's summertime. All those months in January and February when you were complaining about how cold it is. You don't have to complain anymore because summer is here."
3. People in a pool
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Tom Barrett, (D) Milwaukee.: "Not surprisingly we're very, very concerned about people with physical challenges. We're concerned about the elderly, we're concerned about children. And so things as basic as make sure that you have children in the car that the car has ventilation and that the windows are open."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Tom Barrett, (D) Milwaukee."If you're hot in these next two or three days feel free to come to one of our libraries. Those are cool places as well. Look for cool places to be. Make sure you stay hydrated. Make sure you don't over exercise. These are days it can be dangerous days and as much as we're happy that the sun is shining and summer is finally here, we want to take those special steps to make sure that everyone is safe."
7. Various of Kids in wading pool
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Tom Barrett, (D) Milwaukee. "If you have neighbors, particularly elderly neighborhoods, elderly neighbors and they don't have air conditioning or they don't have fans. Please be a good neighbor and check up on them."
Much of the country has roasted the past few days and it's about to get even stickier as a heat wave is expected to send temperatures soaring close to 100 degrees through the weekend.
Cities already are preparing for the weather by opening municipal and other buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on their families and neighbors.
The National Weather Service estimates that more than 100 heat records will fall on Saturday. Most will not be the scorching daily highs, but for lack of cooling at night, something called nighttime lows. Those lows will be record highs.
In southeastern Wisconsin, the National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory to be in effect 12 PM Thursday to 11 PM Friday.
High temperatures were expected to be in the lower to middle 90s on Thursday, with heat index values of 100 to 105.
On Friday, temperatures were expected in the middle to upper 90s on Friday, with heat index values of 105 to 110.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and other city officials reminded people to look for cool places, like libraries, stay hydrated, not to over exercise and check on elderly neighbors.