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Central Illinois Braces for Hot Weather

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014, 11:20 AM CDT

The heat is on for the Capital City. Temperatures are
expected to break into the low 90's this week, making this the hottest week so far this year. When factoring in the rising temperatures and humidity, heat index values will edge on the triple digits this week.

While Illinoisans all know the basics, drink more water and take frequent breaks, the first hot days of summer still seem to catch some
people off guard.

"For that first day, it's really hard to prepare for," Landscaper Fred Lomprez said.

Lomprez has been working outdoors for 15 years. He knows how
to stay safe in the heat. In addition to taking more water breaks, he says he eats lighter meals, and listens to his body when it tells him he needs a break.

"You get overheated you know, and you can't move around...it's hard to move around as much,” Lomprez said.

While taking breaks and taking it easy may slow down the
work, it keeps Lomprez and his coworkers from ending up in an emergency room being treated for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Experts have some other tips for staying safe in the heat:

-Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate a body

-Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothing to help stay cool

-Using the buddy system when working outdoors to check for signs of heat related illness

The Animal Protective League of Springfield also wants to make sure pet owners don't forget their other companions. Long-haired and dark colored pets are especially at risk of overheating.

Multiple pet owners out at Washington Park expressed a common concern when it comes to hot weather and pets.

"Make sure they have lots of water. When we take walks,
luckily this park does have stations where they can drink water, but mostly, just keep them hydrated," Pet Owner Stacy Moran said.

Moran says it’s also important to watch pets while they’re
out in the heat. If they're panting or pulling their leash back towards home or towards the car, it may be time to call it a day.

Something pet owners should never do in warm months is leaving
a pet in the car. Even if the windows are cracked, the temperature inside the car will get much hotter than the temperatures outside. For instance, on an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 102 degrees in just ten minutes.

Central Illinois Braces for Hot Weather

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