The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning as temperatures are forecast to reach into the upper 90’s through the end of this week. Local health officials are reaching out to make sure that Alton’s two emergency departments don’t see a large upswing in the number of cases involving heat related illnesses.

Laura Fowler, a registered nurse at St. Anthony’s Health Center, says precautions start with staying hydrated and recommends that you drink water or any beverage primarily consisting of water because they will replenish the nutrients lost better than other sugary beverages.

Fowler also says lying down is not a cure for heat exhaustion.


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The excessive heat warning will be in effect until at least 7 p.m. on Sunday

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