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Health Officials Warn Residents, Tourists Of Sweltering Heat

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) —Florida health officials are warning residents and tourists to guard against sweltering heat this July Fourth weekend.

The potential for heat-related illnesses soars during the summer months. Among the most vulnerable are the elderly, people with high blood pressure and workers laboring outside.

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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