Updated: Friday, 06 Jul 2012, 6:54 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 06 Jul 2012, 10:42 AM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - West Michigan, in the hottest three-day stretch in 76 years, will see heat index readings approaching 110 degrees on Friday.
For the first time since 1936, Grand Rapids should have back-to-back 100 degree days. And there's not much rainfall in sight.
The record high for this day - 100 degrees - was set in 1988, and we are likely to eclipse that. The hottest-ever day in Grand Rapids was July 13, 1936, when the temperature hit 108.
The Emergency Department at Spectrum's Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids said it's seeing "a few more" heat related cases than usual--mostly from people who work outside.
When this kind of heat lasts for several days, doctors said, the effects can build up.
"Dehydration can build up over time and if people aren't taking correct measures to keep themselves hydrated as the days wear on we'll see more and more of the effect of dehydration affecting people, especially those prone to more heat related injuries," said Dr. Steffen Genthe from Spectrum Butterworth.
Genthe said those most at-risk are people with chronic illnesses, the very young, and the very old.
The heat wave should break on Sunday , when temperatures will likely only reach the mid-80s.
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