Storm Team 4
Record-high 102 degrees reached in Milwaukee; SE Wisconsin under excessive heat warning
MILWAUKEE - The National Weather Service has expanded the excessive heat warning to include all of Southeastern Wisconsin.
That excessive heat warning now includes Milwaukee, Waukesha, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Jefferson, Racine, Walworth, Washington, Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties and runs until 10 p.m. Friday.
According to Storm Team 4Caster John Malan, the temperature reached 102 degrees at General Mitchell International Airport and that sets a record high for Independence Day. That is four degrees warmer than the previous record set in 1990.
Meanwhile, Malan said that Madison also set an Independence Day high with temperatures reaching 102 degrees.
The heat continued to the southern part of southeast Wisconsin as Racine and Kenosha saw highs of 103 degrees on Wednesday.
Wednesday's overnight lows are expected to be near 80 degrees.
As a result of the heat, several municipalities have issued burn bans -- and Shorewood has canceled their fireworks celebration.
"The dangerous heat and humidity should persist through Friday. Readings will decline over the weekend with temperatures by Sunday closer to the seasonal average high of 80 degrees," said Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele.