DETROIT (WWJ) – A lot of people are wondering if it’s getting hotter and hotter each summer.  Is it really getter hotter, or are we becoming wimps?

Speaking to WWJ Newsradio 950’s Vickie Thomas, Michelle Selzer with the Michigan Department of Environmental Qualities says, “Yes, it’s getting hotter.”

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“With climate change, what we understand is that there is going to be more extreme weather related events,” said Selzer.  “The rain will come harder, it will come faster, it will have more impacts on the environment but as well as humans.”

Selzer is also part of a group that’s launching a public awareness campaign this week letting residents know how to beat the heat.

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“It’s really great to see this climate justice task force really coordinating efforts and beginning to reach out to the community about what you can do to protect yourself and your family,” she said.

With an excessive heat warning in effect through Thursday night, “This is a true heat wave. It’s serious, and we have more coming,” said WWJ-TV Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus.

Stay cool this summer by drinking plenty of water, visiting a local cooling center, or even cool off with some of the best frozen custard in the Metro Detroit area.

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