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Potentially dangerous heat wave

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - We're still a few days away from the official start of summer, but we're in the middle of a potentially dangerous heat wave.

The high temperature in Albany Wednesday was 98, and it will likely reach triple digits for the first time in nearly a year.

Factor in the humidity and it will feel about ten degrees hotter.

Exposure to that extreme heat can take its toll.

Emergency officials say if you're outside and get tired, start sweating profusely, or stop sweating completely you need to seek help.

"If you get dehydrated too much you could cramp and sweat, and once you quit sweating that's the bad part," said Hayward Allen, Dougherty County EMS.

For those who have no other choice but to be outside emergency managers say don't be afraid to ask you boss for breaks during the day and drink plenty of fluids.

Be smart if you're doing yard work, don't do it in the heat of the day.

It's better to do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

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