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Heat Index Expected Near 105

By Susan Larson

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Fredericksburg region from noon to 7 p.m. July 2.  Heat index values are expected to reach about 105 degrees, with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.

The combination of high temperatures and high humidity create a situation in which heat related illnesses are possible.   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends these precautions:

Limit time outdoors.
If you work or spend time outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning.
Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or late evening.
Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing.
Drink plenty of water.
Do not leave children, the elderly or pets in a car.
Check on neighbors who do not have air conditioning.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.  Call 9-1-1.  Heat stroke is deadly.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit, WebMD reports. Fainting may be the first sign.
Other symptoms may include:

Throbbing headache
Dizziness and light-headedness
Lack of sweating despite the heat
Red, hot, and dry skin
Muscle weakness or cramps
Nausea and vomiting
Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
Rapid, shallow breathing
Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering

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