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  • NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – This morning is clear and cool across the state. We will be warm by the afternoon with highs in the 70s and 80s. Isolated storms will develop in the central, western and northern mountains this afternoon. Most rain will stay over the high terrain, and dissipate as storms move off of the […]

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During Extreme Heat….

  • This warning may seem like common sense: Do not leave children or pets in cars
  • Avoid outdoor recreation and activities between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device
  • Drink more water than usual
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar
  • Replace salt and minerals
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully
  • Pace yourself
  • Monitor people at high risk
  • Do not walk your dog on hot pavement

Health Risks with Extreme Heat Stress

Heat exhaustion can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Its main signs include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, as well as feeling tired, weak and/or dizzy.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and happens when the body loses its ability to sweat. Dehydration and over exposure to the sun can cause heat stroke. The main sign of heat stroke is an elevated body temperature greater than 104 degrees and changes in mental status ranging from personality changes to confusion.

Who is at Risk?

Anyone can be affected by heat stress. People at highest risk are the elderly, the very young, and people with existing chronic diseases such as heart disease, and people without access to air conditioning, according to the New Mexico Environmental Public Health tracking.

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