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The worst of the dangerous heat wave is still on the way for metro Detroit

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 12:41:42-04

(WXYZ) — Monday will be our 5th consecutive day of reaching 90° in metro Detroit, but the humidity hasn't been too bad so far. The humidity will increase and the heat will intensify the next few days.

Detroit has only reached 96° six times in the last seven years, but the forecast for both Wednesday and Thursday is 96°. Dew point temperatures will also climb into the upper 60s; which means it's going to feel like it's around 100° outside.

Temperatures should finally fall back into the 80s beginning Saturday; which would end a 9-day stretch of 90°+ heat. The longest stretch of consecutive 90° days is 11, which was at the end of August and beginning of September in 1953.

Make sure you stay hydrated and avoid strenuous outdoor activities for extended periods of time. Take frequent breaks in the shade if you work outside. Signs of heat exhaustion include feeling dizzy or lightheaded, rapid pulse, excess sweating, and nausea.