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BRIGHTON (WWJ) - The Southeast Michigan area is under an excessive heat watch through Friday — and forecasters say Tuesday will be the seventh day in a row topping out over 90 degrees.

Jen Fox and her family have been toughing it out without air conditioning at their home in Brighton.

Fox told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Sandra McNeil that it’s been kind of miserable. Even with a whole house fan, the temperature inside has reached up to 84 degrees.

But she said it doesn’t bother her one-year-old son Evan a bit.

“He doesn’t seem to notice. I have a fan and a little humidifier that seems to kick out some cool air that we turn on for him, and we make sure he gets a cool bath before bedtime,” Fox said.

Fox jokes that it’s getting harder to get people to come over to the house to babysit.  She’s considering throwing in the towel and dropping some cash.

“We’ve been looking at the window units,” said Fox. “It’s a possibility those might happen soon — especially if the heat keeps up.”

Fox said that they just recently bought the house and installing central air is really just not an option right now.

If you think it’s been an unusually warm season so far, you’re right.

The official record-keeper, the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, says June 2012 was in line with a trend of warmer than normal temperatures in southeast Michigan. After last summer, which was Detroit’s fourth warmest ever, this year is off to an even warmer start.

In extremely hot weather, officials at the Michigan Department of Community Health say everyone should take precautions and look for ways to stay cool.  They recommend that people limit time outdoors as much as possible and stay hydrated, drinking a lot of water or other non-alcoholic fluids. Children and the elderly are most susceptible to heat-related illness. (More on this here).

For the latest local weather conditions, keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. To check out the live, local radar, or for further forecast details anytime, visit our weather page.

MORE: Excessive Heat Watch Through Friday

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