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Dangerous Weather Comes to Westchester

Hot, hotter and hottest!

An excessive heat watch has been posted for Westchester County over the next few days.

Oppressive heat with afternoon temperatures of 95 to 100 degrees is expected. Officials say with the high humidity factored in, the heat index will make it feel like 105-110 degrees. Temperatures are expected to be increasingly warmer as the week goes along.

The excessive heat is of particular danger to children, the elderly,and people performing physical activities during the peak heating of the day.

It could create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion are possible.

Authorities recommend people take extra precautions if they work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, wear loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.

The signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps, dizziness, difficulty breathing, rapid pulse, confusion, agitation and seizures.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a medical emergency. If you or someone is affected call 911 immediately. While you are waiting for medical assistance take the person into an air-conditioned building or a cool, shady place, try to fan the person while wetting the skin with water. You can also apply ice packs to the person's armpits,groin,neck and back.

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