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Heat Wave Imminent, Tips To Stay Cool

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47 ABC - With more than three consecutive days of temperatures in the 90's this week, a heat wave is imminent.

"Phew! It's been hot!" Randy Scott of Salisbury, Md. said.

"Um, it's hot!" four-year-old Emily Ebert said.

"It's pretty hot!" six-year-old James Fegely said.

With the heat index well over 100 on parts of Delmarva, there's no question. It is hot.

"That's why I'm sitting down. I'm 60 years old, so I've got to rest. And then tomorrow is supposed to be hotter. So yeah, I'm just chillin' right now. I'm just chillin'," Steven Shears of Salisbury, Md. said.

Jennifer Johnson of the Wicomico County Health Department can't stress enough:

"Water, water, water!" she said.

Avoid the outdoors between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing, eat light foods like fruit or salad, and hit the mall, library, movie theatre or somewhere with air conditioning.

If you are going to be outside, take extra precautions.

"Just drinking a lot and we'll be swimming later and just staying in the shade," Allison Ebert said.

And don't forget to check on your neighbors.

"The elderly --they may have some breathing issues. It's very important to check on them and make sure that they're doing okay," Johnson said.

"I'm going to go get some air, and just chill out for the day," Shear said.

This type of extreme heat is most dangerous for the elderly and young children. Warning signs of heat illness include a body temperature of over 103 degrees, dry and red skin with no sweating, a rapid pulse, headache, dizziness, confusion and nausea. Seek immediate medical attention if you see anyone exhibiting these signs.

And let's not forget about our pets! Keep them indoors and hydrated at all times. And don't leave children or pets in the car.



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