Packers shareholders meeting will bring the heat

Richard Ryman
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Green Bay Packers shareholders in the Lambeau Field bowl during the annual shareholders meeting on July 24, 2014.

GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers shareholders should come to Thursday's annual meeting prepared for everything from wilting heat to rain.

The forecast is for 93 degrees and a heat index of 105, said Mike Cellitti of the National Weather Service office in Ashwaubenon. That will make it the hottest day of the year.

There also is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, though it can be said that in the years the Packers have held the shareholders meeting outdoors, rain has not been an issue.

It probably won't reach peak temperature during the meeting, which begins at 11 a.m. and will last about one hour, but people will be sitting in the Lambeau Field bowl on metal benches over concrete. That will make it feel hotter than the actual temperature.

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The Packers said cups of water will be available for free at concession stands and bottled water will be sold.

Dr. Paul Casey, emergency department medical director at Bellin Health, said symptoms of too much heat exposure include nausea, headaches, fatigue or dizziness while standing.

"If people start to feel heat-related symptoms, they should immediately get out of the sun and if possible get into air conditioning," he said.

Shade will be available in the Lambeau Field concourses, and the Atrium is air-conditioned.

Casey advised people to drink a lot of water, avoid alcohol and limit caffeine consumption, both of which can cause dehydration.

"The main thing is staying hydrated and wearing loose clothing, if possible," he said. "Drink lots of water and Gatorade."

Also, they should wear hats and sunscreen. Umbrellas will not be allowed.

Certain medications, such as for blood pressure control, can inhibit sweating, which is the body's way of controlling temperature, and attendees should be aware of that and perhaps check with a health care provider before going out in those conditions, Casey said.

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