Extreme heat and humidity expected across Vermont Friday and Saturday

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NEWPORT — The hottest air of the 2019 summer season so far is expected to impact Vermont starting Friday and into the weekend.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 80s to low-mid 90s with high humidity, making it feel like 100 degrees or more.

These conditions create a serious risk for dangerous and sometimes deadly heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke.

During last summer’s six-day heatwave, four Vermont deaths were associated with the heat, and there were 15 times more heat-related emergency department visits than normal.

The National Weather Service and Vermont health and emergency management officials want people to know how to stay safe as the thermometer climbs.

During hot weather, your body’s temperature control systems can have a hard time keeping up, and your temperature can get dangerously high.

It’s important to drink more fluids than usual and to take extra breaks in the shade or cool indoor locations.

Certain people are at a higher risk of heat-related illness. People who work or exercise outdoors, as well as older adults, infants, and young children, should take extra precautions.

People who are overweight, have a chronic medical condition, are taking certain medications, or are using drugs or alcohol are also at special risk.

Watch for symptoms of heat illness, including muscle cramps, heavy sweating, nausea, headache or light-headedness.

Most heat illnesses can be treated with fluids and by resting in a cooler place.

If symptoms persist or get worse, or someone you are with seems confused or loses consciousness, dial 9-1-1 and get immediate medical help.

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