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POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 3:19pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 9:09pm

It's that time of year again where Texans will spend most of their time outdoors, while experiencing some of the years warmest weather.
With temperatures expected to climb into the 100's the dangers of heat exhaustion is on the rise. 

Texans are normally great at beating the heat, I'm not about the Miami Heat, instead it's the triple digit temperatures that are on its way.
With summer in full swing, playing out side maybe seem like fun and games but being exposed to the blistering sun can toll on a person body.

"Every year it takes me a month or two before I really feel like I'm comfortable with it, but every year It's a shock to the system." Said Bradly Williams, Hewitt resident.

Weakness, nausea and sweating are some signs and symptoms that lets a person know their body is overheating. Sweating is the body's normal reaction to cooling down. When a person stops sweating, their body temperature will start to rise.

"If you stop sweating basic your body temperature stops working. You think about a car you don't want your body to overheat," Said Kelly Craine, Public Information Officer of the Waco/McLennan Public Health District. 

Keeping the body hydrated is key. Doctors suggest to pre-hydrate before engaging in outdoor activities.

"Drink before you are thirsty. Drink tons of water, electrolyte water, Gatorade. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink because that means there is a signal in your body telling you its almost too late," Said Dr. Angela Olson, Doctor of Emergency Medicine with Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital.

The elderly and young are more likely to suffer from heat exhaustion. Simple task such as taking out the trash or mowing the lawn can wear a body down. During this summer experts say to check on your neighbors, lend a hand and make sure they are ok.

"Its very important that we watch out for them. If you have neighbors that are older or that you know have been sick, check on them and make sure they are ok. See if there is anything you can do for them,"
Said Craine.

Remember it's important to listen to signs that you're body is giving off. If outside take breaks and find shade, so you don't land up in the emergency room.


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