Extreme Heat Resources

Rising temperatures increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion. It is important to know the early signs so you can protect yourself and those around you. Muscle cramping may be the first symptom of a heat-related illness. Other symptoms include headaches, nausea, strong or rapid pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness and even death if not addressed promptly.

Heat stroke occurs when an individual’s body temperature exceeds 103°F. Infants, children, and individuals 65 or older are at a higher risk of developing heat stroke because they are less likely to notice the change in their body’s temperature. 

Here are several tips you can follow to reduce heat-related illness.

  •          Stay cool – wear light clothing, reduce sun exposure, and stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.  Visit a Cooling Center if your home is too warm.
  •          Stay hydrated – increase water intake and never wait until you are thirsty to drink fluids.
  •          Limit dehydrating beverages – avoid alcohol and beverages containing large quantities of sugar.
  •          Check on at-risk individuals twice a day.
  •          Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  •          Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car – even briefly.

For more information on the symptoms of heat-related illness, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html

A Cooling Center is an air-conditioned public facility where people may go for relief during periods of extreme heat. All four North Shore libraries are designated Cooling Centers. Addresses are:

Brown Deer Public Library                                                        

5600 W. Bradley Rd.                                                        

Brown Deer, WI  53223                                                   


Shorewood Public Library                                                            

3920 N. Murray Ave.                                                      

Shorewood, WI  53211                                                 


North Shore Public Library

6800 N. Port Washington Rd.

Glendale, WI 53217


Whitefish Bay Public Library

5420 N. Marlborough Dr. 

whitefish, WI 53217



For a complete list of cooling centers in Milwaukee county, dial 2-1-1.