The heat is on in Rockford and the temperature is expected to only get hotter this week. Warnings are already out from the Winnebago County Health Department and area hospital and senior centers that people need to take care of themselves and neighbors.
"People need to be very aware of the weather when it's warm out because it doesn't take very long for symptoms of heat illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke to come on," says Karleen Freesmeier, emergency room physician assistant, SwedishAmerican Hospital.
She says often it's the very young or elderly and those with chronic illnesses who have the most trouble with the heat. According to Freesmeier, the symptoms usually start with muscle cramps.
"People may develop headaches, light-headedness, nausea or vomiting. Some people have excess sweating and even not sweating and these are all symptoms that are worrisome that the symptoms are progressing," says Freesmeier.
She says you need to immediately get out of the sun and possibly see a doctor. But think twice before you or someone who might be getting overheated sits directly in front of a fan that can actual dehydrate you. Instead mist someone with a water bottle or get them to some air conditioning.
People like the Lucas family looked to get out of their house today but quickly realized the sun made their walk impossible.
"We were going to go to the library and feed the ducks. It was too hot. Too, too hot so we decided to cool ourselves off," says Kim Lucas.
They weren't the only ones who thought it was too hot to do much of anything. Laura Dyer walks the dogs from Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary during her lunch break.
"How are you staying cool today?" ask reporter Rebecca Klopf.
"I'm not. We just walk a couple blocks to the park and that's it. It's a little too hot," says Dyer.
Don't forget if you know someone who might have trouble in the heat check on them often. To find a cooling center in your area check out this list here.
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