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Health Officials Urge People To Stay Cool In The Summer Heat

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – With highs expected in the 90s in South Florida, it’s probably for good reason that the state’s health officials are warning residents and tourists alike to stay safe in the sweltering heat.

During the summer months, when outdoor activities are common and temperatures soar, there is a rise for the possibility of heat-related illnesses.

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Among the most vulnerable are the elderly, people with high blood pressure and workers laboring outside.

Florida health officials urge people to drink plenty of fluids even if they don’t feel thirsty. Young children and babies may need more fluids than normal.

Warning signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness and nausea. Officials urge those who suspect they are suffering from heat exhaustion to drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages and rest in air-conditioned areas.

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