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The combination of heat and humidity cause the body to struggle to maintain a normal temperature. The stress can cause heart and other medical problems.



How your body regulates temperature:



[image#1, align=left, size=medium]BRAIN: The hypothalamus is the body’s thermostat. It determines when the body is too warm.



BLOOD: Blood vessels expand and the heart beats faster to increase blood ow. This carries the warm blood from within the body’s core to the surface of the skin.



SKIN: The skin acts as a radiator, and sweat cools the skin’s surface. High humidity inhibits evaporation of sweat and heat stroke can occur. 



Watch what you drink:



[image#4, align=right, size=medium]Do not drink liquids containing caffeine, alcohol or sugar, which will cause loss of body fluid.



[image#5, align=right, size=medium]Avoid extremely cold drinks. They may cause stomach cramps.



[image#6, align=right, size=medium]Sports beverages replace essential minerals that are lost in sweat.



[image#7, align=right, size=medium]In hot and humid temperatures, drink two to four glasses of cool liquids each hour (16-32 ounces).



 



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Heat stroke is an emergency and can be fatal if not promptly treated:



Cooling the victim is a critical step in the treatment. Follow these steps:



1. Give cool fluids.



2. Apply cold compress on skin to rapidly cool the skin surface.



3. Elevate feet.



4. Use a fan to cool.



 



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TODAY: Hot and humid, high 93



THURSDAY: Partly cloudy, hot, high 95



FRIDAY: Chance of rain, hot, high 92



SATURDAY: Chance of rain, hot, high 92



See an updated weather forecast



 






Beat the heat: Caution is key during hot weather


Beat the heat: Caution is key during hot weather


Beat the heat: Caution is key during hot weather
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