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Avoid becoming a victim of the heat


MADISON (WKOW) -- With the heat index reaching more than 100 degrees Thursday, you will want to limit your time outdoors.

Central Wisconsin will remain under a heat advisory from Noon to 8 p.m. Thursday. Meteorologist Brian Olson says the humidity and little to no wind will also make it feel even hotter outside.

Health officials warn to not be outside for long periods of time during heat waves like this one. Make sure to limit your time outside to no more than 20 minutes at a time and drink lots of water to avoid a heat stroke. Signs of a heat stroke include if you stop sweating, feel light headed and become dehydrated.

You should also not forget to check on family during days like these. Make sure to check on friends and neighbors who may be at risk, especially the elderly, or people with health problems.

Never leave anyone inside a parked car on days like these, including your animals. On a very hot day, temperatures inside a car can rise 30 degrees above the outside temperatures within minutes.

Health experts add it's best to avoid exercising outside and if you can, working outside during days where the heat index is high.

Ways you can prevent this includes staying in the shade, wearing a wide-brimmed hat and light colored loose fitting clothing.

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