Concerts on the Square will be performed as scheduled

Officials urge people susceptible to high temperatures to stay home
Concerts on the Square will be performed as scheduled

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will perform Concerts on the Square Wednesday evening despite the excessive heat warning.

“We decided to announce our weather call early due to the high volume of calls we’ve been receiving,” said WCO Executive Director Doug Gerhart in a news release. “Because there is an excessive heat warning, we ask the public to use their best judgment when deciding to attend the concert.”

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for much of the southern and western part of the state, including the Madison area, until 10 p.m. Friday.

The temperature at concert time Wednesday is expected to be 98 degrees with heat indexes around 104 degrees. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Those with chronic health conditions and the elderly are especially susceptible to the high temperatures and should stay home. Young children are also vulnerable, so parents should understand the risks if bringing their families. Officials said if there are any doubts about whether someone can withstand the heat, it is better to stay home.

Emergency Management officials said that anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency and people should call 911. Symptoms such as dizziness, muscle weakness and nausea are signs that a person is suffering a heat-related illness, officials said.

Wednesday night’s concert, a “Star-Spangled Spectacular,” will feature Broadway singer Amanda Huddleston Clark.