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Summer heat wave hits TN Valley

Source: MGN Online Source: MGN Online

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the first heat wave of the summer is the most dangerous of the year, particularly in the end of June to the beginning of July.

Health officials said the risks of heat related illnesses increase during that time because for a lot of people it's their first time getting outside to enjoy the summer and they don't realize how fast they get exhausted.

For workers who spend their days in the heat, they sometimes forget just how hot those temperatures can get.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said the state of Alabama had a total of 809 reported heat-related illnesses in 2012 and a total of 6 deaths. There were 241 heat-related cases reported in North Alabama alone.

Health officials said it's extremely important to pay attention to your body as the temperatures start to rise.

"Some of the things would be confusion, decrease in mental clarity, neurological symptoms, passing out, of course seizures that sort of thing would be some of the worst case scenarios," said Erica Hogeland, CRNP with ECM Hospital.

Health officials said they can't stress how important it is to stay hydrated throughout the day.

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