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August 6, 2007

Albany --  The dog days of summer are here, and it's dangerously hot. The heat index is well into triple digits and South Georgia is under a heat advisory.

The temperature reached 100º in Albany today, factor in the humidity and it feels like 110º. Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat strokes are a real risk when it's this hot. So you need to take precautions. Make sure to drink lots of water, limit your amount of time in the sun and keep cool, wet towels handy.

If you get overheated and need medical assistance the EMS is ready to help.

"We basically try to keep additional towels and cooling devices on the truck. We keep cooling packs as well and we try to rotate them out every day so we have an ample supply for the day," said EMS Assistant Supervisor Luis Vazquez.

Children and the elderly are most susceptible to the extreme heat. Some of the symptoms to look for are headaches, dizziness, nausea and muscle cramps.

The heat advisory will probably last through Wednesday.

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