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Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

A stretch of high heat and humidity is upon us in eastern Iowa. Temperatures this week will range from the upper 80s to upper 90s, feeling much warmer when you factor in dew point temperatures in the 70s.

It’s important to be aware of your body, and watch for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

If you are feeling faint or dizzy, or sweating more than usual (when not exercising), this may be a sign of heat exhaustion.

Other signs include cool, pale and clammy skin. Be aware of your pulse as well. If it is rapid and weak, this may be a sign that you need a break from the heat. Many smart watches monitor your pulse and heart rate.

Once you experience these signs, get to a cool place as soon as you can. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and take a cool shower or use a cold compress.

Heat stroke is a little more dire, and you’ll need to seek medical attention. Sings of heat stroke include a throbbing headache, no sweating, and a rapid, strong pulse. You may be in and out of consciousness as well.

Here are some simple steps to avoid heat illness:

Of course, cars are like ovens on hot days. Temperatures inside a vehicle can easily get up to 130°+ within one hour on a hot day, even with the windows cracked.

Kyle Kiel


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