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Residents find ways to enjoy hot weather

Sunday, June 17, 2012

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Noah Williams does a back flip off the diving board at North Acres Pool on Friday afternoon. Swimming pools were full on Friday as temperatures soared above 90 degrees.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- As the summer heat starts to bear down on Southeast Missouri, many local residents are finding ways to enjoy the weather.

However, such weather can also cause health problems.

Tom Beardslee, Scott County's emergency management director, said to be cautious when in the heat. This time of year "can get difficult for the elderly and the very young," in addition to those with respiratory problems, he said.

According to The Weather Channel 10-day forecast for Sikeston, every day until June 24 is expected to exceed the 90-degree temperature mark at its peak.

Beardslee said in order to avoid heat-related diseases like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, "people should try to remain in a cool place during the hottest parts of the day."

Heat exhaustion, according to the American Red Cross, happens whenever sweat does not evaporate as it normally should. Normally, the Red Cross advises that in case of heat exhaustion, a person should go to a cool place and drink small amounts of water. However, if a person cannot drink any fluids or starts vomiting, call 911 immediately.

There are signs to watch for when outdoors, too.

"If a person finds that they have stopped sweating, that's a bad sign," Beardslee said.

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