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Officials asking to keep mind of surface temperatures in hot weather

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Pavement Heat

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)-- With the recent sweltering temperatures, officials are warning people to be careful because on surfaces it can be even hotter.

Thursday afternoon, temperature readings of sidewalks and roadways in the area showed asphalt was nearly 40 degrees warmer than sidewalks in the shade.

That's enough to cause discomfort to bare feet and pet's paws.

An official with the Wausau Fire Department says pavement isn't the only thing to be aware of touching in the heat.

"Metals, concrete, if you brush up against or sit on aluminum...the slides at parks, plastics can cause a significant burn," EMS Division Chief Jared Thompson said, adding those burns can be prevented by planning ahead and having the proper protection.

"If you're out for a leisurely walk, good footwear, socks and shoes, definitely staying hydrated," he said.

Thompson also added if you have a garden hose with water in it on a high temperature day, let the water run before using it, since that water can be more than 100 degrees.

Isak Dinesen

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