A modest heat wave is hitting the Riverbend. Temps will flirt with 90-degrees much of the week, according to the National Weather Service. The heat poses a risk for health related illnesses. People who work outside should drink plenty of water and wear lightweight, loose clothing to avoid heat strokes.
The lack of 90-degree days so far this year means our bodies have not acclimated to the higher temperatures, so Nikki Brunaugh, Director of Emergency Services at OSF St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton, says protecting yourself from heat-related illness involves a number of actions.
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She says if you have to work outside, take frequent breaks and try to find some shade. Kids and the elderly are the most susceptible to heat related problems including heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.