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Fountain Cooldown

Judy Abts of Buffalo City, Wis., dips her feet into the cool water Tuesday of Hoeschler Fountain at Riverside Park. The city of La Crosse spent just over $100,000 and the family of Jay Hoeschler donated funds to get the fountain up and running this summer after the breakdown last year of parts that kept the water moving. The city replaced plaster parts that didn’t hold up to Wisconsin winters with granite and plan to add displays that will tell the story of the fountain in the coming months.

Authorities are urging caution because of dangerously hot weather and possible storms forecast for the next few days.

How hot?

Temperatures could reach 98 Friday in the La Crosse area and might not get back into the 80s until Sunday.

The heat index will be worse. With the humidity, that index could reach 110 – the type of heat that brings warnings about heat exposure.

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In fact, nearly a dozen deaths were attributed to heat in our region between 2000 and 2016, according to the National Weather Service.

And, with that type of heat and humidity, keep an eye out for strong storms during the next couple of days, with heavy rain and strong wind and lightning possible.

Conditions are expected to be hottest south of Interstate 90, and authorities are urging people to take precautions – especially with the elderly, children and pets.

Gov. Tony Evers issued an advisory Tuesday for people to take precaution during the heat.

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