National Weather Service Calls Macomb Heat Wave 'Potentially Dangerous' This Week

An excessive heat watch has been issued for Macomb Township from Wednesday morning through Friday evening. Here are a few ways to keep cool.

It's going to be hot this week – possibly dangerously so.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon today until 8 a.m. Wednesday and an excessive heat watch from Wednesday morning through Friday evening. 

Temperatures are expected to reach the lower and middle 90s today and could reach as high as he upper 90s through the rest of the week. There won't be much relief at night either, as overnight temperatures are only expected to drop into the mid-70s. Increasing humidity could make it feel like 100 degrees today, and heat indices could reach up to 105 degrees in the later part of the week.

According to the National Weather Service, the conditions could lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration.

The National Weather Service recommends that people drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has also declared an "Air Action Day" alert for July 3. Pollutants could cause issues for people with respiratory diseases such as asthma. The MDEQ advises people to limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

But if you need to be out and about, we suggest the following places:

Cool off in Macomb Township's only indoor waterpark. Residents can purchase a $5 daily pass ($10 for nonresidents) to use the entire recreation center, including the aquatic center. Lifeguards are always on duty.

"The coolest place in town," Suburban Ice has a constant indoor temperature of 55 degrees. Open skate is noon-1:50 p.m. Admission is $3 for all ages, with $2 skate rental.

From , Macomb has its fair share of coastal and inland lakes. These lakes also include parks with athletic courts, walking trails and, in some cases, pools. There's a $5 vehicle entry permit to the park, but use of the beach is free. 

Ice Cream!

There's a place for ice cream in just about every section of town. Cool off with a cone from one of Macomb Township's ice cream servers. There's , , , 's and more! Check our directory for the shop closest to you.

Your Backyard or the Fountains at Partridge Creek

Hook the sprinkler up to the hose, twist the nozzle, and enjoy the icy cold spray. The pop-jet fountains at the Mall at Partridge Creek are also up and running (last we checked).

Safety tips for heat wave

Extreme heat poses many dangers, such as heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion, according to the American Red Cross.

Here are some tips for keeping safe when temps get uncomfortable hot:

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid caffeine or alcohol.
  • Have small meals and eat more often.
  • Stay indoors.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you have to be outside.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Check on pets frequently. Use these


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