Publication Date July 20, 2016

Heat wave bears down on central Wisconsin

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Athena Meeks, 2, tastes the water as she plays in the fountain at Mathias Mitchell Public Square in downtown Stevens Point, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Photo: Megan McCormick / USA Today Network - Wisconsin

At least one central Wisconsin community could come close to setting a record-high temperature Thursday as the most brutal heat wave of the summer bears down on the Upper Midwest

Thursday promises to bring blistering heat and humidity to the region, said Mike Cellitti, meteorologist for the National Weather Service Green Bay Office. The highs for central Wisconsin will range from 92 to 95 but it will feel more like 105 degrees because the humidity will be so high, Cellitti said.

Those temps threaten to break Wausau's record of 95 degrees on July 21, though other central Wisconsin cities won't likely approach their records of 98 degrees in Marshfield and 101 degrees for both Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point, Cellitti said