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Volume 69, Issue 154, Thursday, July 15, 2004


High temps lead to heat warnings

Cougar News Staff

It's not the humidity -- it's the heat.

As temperatures in Houston climb, officials are warning residents to take precautions to avoid conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Today's high is expected to reach 98 degrees with a heat index of more than 100 degrees.

Signs of heat-related ailments include fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, cramps, confusion and excessive perspiration. Heat-related illnesses can lead to organ damage, coma and death.

To avoid overheating, the University of Michigan Health System recommends wearing loose, lightweight clothing, limiting outdoor activity in the heat of the day, drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol.

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