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Potential of heat related illnesses lingers over the next few days

Credit: MGN Online

Temperatures over the next few days across the Big Country will range from 102-107 degrees, causing the probability of heat related illnesses to increase.

Main concerns will be heat exhaustion and heat stroke described as follows.

Heat exhaustion: According Mayo Clinic, symptoms include profuse sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache, faintness and muscle cramps. This begins to occur when your body is having a hard time cooling yourself down.

Heat Stoke: Comes after heat exhaustion and occurs when the body can no longer regulate its body temperature. Symptoms include body temperatures of 104 degrees or higher, altered mental state, no longer sweating, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, rapid heart rate, heavy breathing, head ache and the likelihood of passing out. Seek medical help immediately if anyone shows these symptoms!

Young children and the elderly are at a much higher risk of experiencing the impacts of heat related illnesses. The best way to stay safe is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, especially if you work out doors! Make sure you’re taking breaks from the heat and find a place to cool down.

Never leave your child in a hot car for even the smallest amount of time. The same goes for your pets. They will also need to consume ample amounts of water with plenty of shade if they are strictly outdoor animals.

There is an Excessive Heat Warning in place through 7pm Sunday for Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Concho, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, McCulloch, Nolan, Runnels, Shackelford, Sterling, Taylor, Throckmorton and Tom Green Counties. This is due to expected high temperatures around 105-109 degrees. This will also bump up the likelihood of heat related illnesses.

There is also a Heat Advisory in place through 7pm Friday for Scurry and Mitchell Counties. Then 9pm Friday for Kent, King and Stonewall Counties. This is due to expected highs that will range from 100-108 degrees.

For a look at the full forecast, click here.

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