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Dealing with degrees: More heat in forecast this week, cooler days coming

The triple-digit temperatures, coupled with an even higher heat index, has made the last week not only uncomfortable for thousands of residents in East Central Georgia, it also has created dangerous health problems for many.

At least one person - a 76-year-old Thomson man - was taken to the McDuffie Regional Medical Center for an evaluation because of heat exposure.

The man had been sitting out on his front porch and became over heated, according to a report over a police scanner.

Again, this week, hot temperatures are forecasts with little or no chance of rain. There is a chance of afternoon to nighttime thunderstorms popping up.

The best advice for persons trying to beat the heat, according to Thomson Fire Chief Rick Sewell, is to use a common-sense approach.

Obviously, people do not need to be working outdoors when it's so hot. In certain cases, construction crews and others who work outside need to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of liquids.

"No one needs to get overheated to the degree that they become dizzy, start cramping and begin feeling faint," Chief Sewell said. "If that happens, then they need to seek medical help by dialing 911."

Such signs indicate a more serious medical condition, like heat exhaustion or even heat stroke, he explained.

People should work outdoors cutting their grass, etc. during the cooler parts of the day - not when the temperatures and heat index have climbed so high, Chief Sewell said.

1) heat1 -- cutline: Briarwood Academy's Garrett Mohr wrings out a wet towel in an effort to keep Matthew McElveen cool during the Bucs scrimmage last week.



Web posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007













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