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Breakdown: How to identify heat-related illnesses

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The intense heat will crank up for the end of the week with some areas seeing heat index values approaching 110 degrees.

These are dangerous heat levels and can cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke quickly if you are active outside for any length of time. Heat exhaustion can occur even with temperatures in the 90s and heat index readings near 100 degrees. It can come on much more quickly once the heat index hits 107 degrees.

This is possible in most areas of the Mid-South through the weekend, but especially in northeast Arkansas.

Here are some tips to remember when dealing with the heat.

  • Check on the elderly and make sure they have AC
  • Make sure your pets have plenty of water and shade…or even bring them in for some occasional breaks
  • Check the back seat and make sure you don’t leave your pet or child in a closed…it can happen and has recently

Parts of eastern Arkansas may see the heat index reach 110 degrees to end the week. If you have to work outside for long periods of time and you start feeling the initial effects of heat exhaustion or heat stroke like dizziness, nausea or cramps, drink lots of water and get inside to cooler air. We will keep you posted if the heat ramps up even more.

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