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Doctors offer advice on ways to beat the heat

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Doctors are saying the particular timing of the warm weather pattern could be very dangerous. (WFSB) Doctors are saying the particular timing of the warm weather pattern could be very dangerous. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Temperatures are on the rise this week, along with the humidity.

Doctors are saying the particular timing of the warm weather pattern could be very dangerous, even if it doesn’t materialize into a heatwave.

“When the temperature creeps upwards of 90 degrees, we really should not be exerting ourselves physically,” said Dr. Cynthia Heller, vice president of primary care at Hartford HealthCare Medical Group.

She said danger can strike without much notice.

“When you go from a 70 degree day to a 94 degree day, which is sort of what we're seeing this year, there's going to be an increased risk of heat stroke,” Heller said.

That’s the biggest danger as we head into a potential heatwave.

Doctors said the elderly and infants are most at risk, but it can hit anyone.

Doctors say to look out for:

  • Abnormally Cool Skin (doctors say the blood is rushing there, trying to cool you.)
  • Racing Heartbeat
  • Confusion or Lightheadedness

Doctors say ways to beat the heat:

  • Don't try to exert yourself too much
  • Stay hydrated and cool
  • Mist yourself down or even take a shower.

If you don’t have air conditioning, there are cooling centers that are open around the state.

Bloomfield’s Senior Center was doubling as one on Wednesday, and Willie Mae Martin decided to take a trip from Windsor to stay cool and play a game of Bingo.

“To be in the Senior Center, where there's air conditioning is very good,” Martin said.

Most centers close when the sun goes down, but for others needing around-the-clock comfort, store shelves are still stacked with air conditioners.

Ron Matt, manager at Rocky’s in Wethersfield, said now is the best time to buy because people usually try to wait out the heat.

“It's usually around the end of July or beginning of August when we really get hit with the heat,” Matt said.

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