The National Weather Service has placed Racine County under an excessive heat watch Thursday and Friday because heat indexes are expected to climb past 100 degrees.

The watch begins at noon Thursday and expires at 7 p.m. Friday.

With daytime temperatures forecasted in the low to mid 90s and dew points well into the 70s, the NWS is predicting heat index readings to potentially top out at 107 degrees.

“Daytime high temperatures will reach the mid 90s both Thursday and Friday,” the watch reads. “When combined with dew points in the mid 70s, heat index values will top out between 105 and 107.”

Racine County Eye readers are asked to check on neighbors to be sure children and the elderly are properly hydrated and staying cool. It is also vital to not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.

The good news is that a cool front is expected Friday night, bringing more comfortable weather for the weekend.

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