Hotter weather can bring health dangers

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/10/2013 5:20 pm Published: 6/10/2013 3:51 pm

Green Country weather will be warm over the next few days and spending too much time in the heat can be dangerous.

The extreme heat can cause your body to shut down. But it's the combination of air temperature and humidity that people need to watch out for.

The heat index is not the actual temperature outside, but rather how hot it feels. Your body can react differently when it's exposed to extreme temperatures.

Once the heat index gets between 85 and 94 degrees people may start feeling tired and fatigued.

Gary Whitehouse was mowing his yard early Monday afternoon, instead of waiting until it was cooler outside.

"Sometimes you have to do it in the middle of the day because you can't do it in the evening," he said.

Whitehouse told FOX23 he knew it wasn't a good time of day to be outdoors, but he has to get it done.

"Well right now, it's causing me to be a little tired, but the breeze we have in particular right now is good," he said.

FOX23 meteorologists said once the heat index gets between 95 and 105, people could start experiencing heat cramps or even heat exhaustion if they're outside too long.

The thing you really want to watch out for this summer is heat stroke.

"The skin will be really hot and dry and of course your pulse can become irregular and it's just not a good situation to be in," said FOX23 Meteorologist Michael Seger.

If your body starts to experience heat stroke, then your actual body temperature is typically over 105 degrees. This can be life-threatening and at this point you will usually stop sweating.
For Whitehouse, he said he's had heat exhaustion before, but it didn't go as far as a heat stroke.

"I have been in a situation where I haven't had enough water and had the dizziness and the headaches and the nausea," he said.

The best thing to do if you have to be outside for a prolonged period of time is to drink water before, during and after, and always wear plenty of sunscreen.

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