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Region could hit 100 for first time since 2013, as excessive heat watch is issued



Excessive Heat Watches for La Crosse region for Aug. 21-24 (PHOTO: National Weather Service - La Crosse)

The Coulee Region could set record-high temperatures, multiple days this week.

The National Weather Service (NWS) – La Crosse says there is even the potential the area could see its first 100°F temperatures since 2013 (Austin, Minn.).

NWS – La Crosse added that excessive heat watches have been issued for parts of the region for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, though temps will be on the rise Monday.

La Crosse’s record highs those days were set in 1968 (96 degrees) and in 1948 (101, 102 degrees).

The heat will hit Monday afternoon, while the “highest confidence in extreme heat and humidity is on Tuesday and Wednesday,” the National Weather Service said, adding “slightly lower afternoon heat indices” could occur Thursday with a front moving in.

Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

Outdoor activities for the afternoon and evening hours during this time period are strongly discouraged. Cooler weather lingers on the horizon for Friday into next weekend

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