Finding southeast Wisconsin's hottest spots Tuesday
WAUKESHA- Depending on where you go, even within one county, temperatures will change drastically; TODAY'S TMJ4's Jesse Ritka took an infrared temperature gun out in search of the hottest spot during this heat wave.
The first stop is Express Cleaners in Waukesha, "It's cooler outside than in here," Martha Corpe tells Ritka.
The room temperature is in the 90s, but at the pressing iron, the temperature gun jumps to 183 degrees, but it spikes to 234 degrees at the steamer.
Corpe says they take breaks in the air conditioned front end of Express Cleaners as well as hydrating, "We drink lots of water, and turn the fans on."
If you plan to take the kids to the skate park, consider longer pants, even in these hot temperatures, the ground registers in at 114 degrees but the ramp temperature of 152 degrees could singe open skin.
"On days like these, we just go to a pool and just stay in the water as long as we can," says Marissa Joehnk who took her family to Horeb Spring Aquatic Center Tuesday.
The dry cement around the pool showed a temperature of 106 degrees, wet cement was slightly cooler around 96 degrees, but the best relief is in the pool, where the infrared gun read only 81 degrees.
The fire department certainly know heat better than most, they even have a similar temperature gun to find hot spots, so Brandon Peterleus suited up to demonstrate just what it's like under his helmet, the reading: 104 degrees.
Brandon Peterleus tells Ritka he's happy he gets to take the gear off after he's finished his job, "Yeah, it's pretty warm inside these things; it's like a winter suit. Basically like running around inside a winter suit."
And that's away from a blazing fire, but things get even more toasty, even at the beach. There's a huge difference as far as the surface of the temperature being measured.
In the sand temperatures are measuring around 126 degrees, go over onto the concrete and it bumps down to 116 degrees, in the grassy area: 98 degrees and the best place to keep cool outside is in the shade where it's still a warm 88 degrees.
At Murf's Frozen Custard and Jumbo Burgers, hot is an understatement. It's 156 degrees at the grill but more than double that at the fryer where temperatures leap to a scalding 339 degrees.
"It's pretty hot back here, we try to keep it as cool as possible, everyone runs back to get something to drink, so we do the best we can," explains Murf's Manager Craig Hogan.
But of course there are ways to stay cool, a custard cone at Murf's is a chilly 18 degrees, the key is keeping it from melting.