Climate and Health: Extreme Heat
Warm temperatures combined with high humidity levels can pose a risk of heat-related illness and death. Extreme heat is described as temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several weeks. Humid or muggy conditions, which add to the discomfort of high temperatures, occur when a "dome" of high atmospheric pressure traps hazy, damp air near the ground.
Heat health recommendations
Learn how to stay cool, healthy, and safe when extreme heat hits your community.
For health professionals
The Department of Health Services (DHS) provides health professionals and community leaders with educational material to build resilient communities.
Wisconsin heat projects
Learn how DHS is working to bring equitable and sustainable programs for extreme heat adaptation to the people of Wisconsin.
- Extreme Heat – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Heat Safety Tips and Resources – National Weather Service (NWS)
- Heat Stress in Outdoor Workers – CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Extreme Heat – ReadyWisconsin
- Preventing Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (English and Spanish)
- Air Quality Information – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Spanish language resources
Heat-related Spanish materials – Red Cross