Posted at: 07/18/2013 12:36 PM
Updated at: 07/18/2013 12:41 PM

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It's Blistering Hot Outside, Tips on How to Beat the Heat

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- With high temperatures and relatively high humidity, today's weather is both uncomfortable and even dangerous for some.
The elderly and very young, including those who have medical conditions are at extra risk on a hot day like this.
Several counties in our area are asking you to check on your neighbors.  Also, in Rochester, you can ride the city buses for free, as a way to escape the heat.
The Freeborn County Sheriff's Office sent out these great ideas, which apply to everyone.
  • Use air conditioning or spend time in air conditioned locations
  • Take a cool bath or shower
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun
  • Limit your time outdoors as much as possible; take frequent breaks if you must be outside
  • Stay hydrated-drink water or non-alcoholic fluids
  • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothes
  • Check on your neighbors, friends and family members-especially those who are older and/or with health issues
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows rolled down, even for a few minutes
  • Make sure outdoor pets/animals have water and shelter

Signs of heat-related illnesses vary but can include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. 

Be sure to be safe, and cool on a day like today. Cooler weather moves into the area beginning Friday, although it will still be in the upper 80's.