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Hot Weather Can Be Health Risk

It´s going to get downright hot in the Mother Lode during the next few days – record-breaking hot.

Forecasters are saying high temperatures will hit the century mark tomorrow with a high of 103 degrees, and even hotter Wednesday and Thursday.

Small children, up to age four, the elderly, 65-years and older, and those with health, or weight problems, might want to stay cool this week, if that´s at all possible.

Tuolumne County Public Health nurse Kathy Amos says the extreme heat affects the above groups the most.

Amos says to watch for the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, two of the most common hot weather-related conditions. Neither of these are something to ignore during summer heat waves.

“They are both highly dangerous conditions,” Amos says. “They can lead to convulsions, unconsciousness and even death if not treated.”

Amos says with heat stroke, the skin is red hot and there is no sweating. Heat exhaustion is characterized with heavy perspiration.

The easy way to combat these conditions is by getting out of the sun into a cool, shaded area, drinking plenty of water, and even taking a cool shower or bath, if possible, to slowly lower the body´s temperature.

If symptoms continue or get worst, Amos says to call 911 or your doctor.

Pacific Gas and Electric spokesman Mark Hendrickson says this heat wave shouldn´t cause any power shortage problems.

“At this point and time, we are not expecting any such curtailments or outages as a result of the heat coming our way this week,” Hendrickson said Monday.