Heatwave puts you at health risk; how to combat it

NORFOLK -- A heatwave has been cooking the Midwest this past week.  Temperatures in the panhandle blazed up to 100. Plus, with so many big public sports games planned across the state this weekend, officials are concerned about heat exhaustion. Some were even prompted to start preparing.

 "It doesn't feel too great out," Kyle Joseph Sojka, parks and recreation for Norfolk, who had been mowing parks in the city all day, said.

Plus, the air is thicker in a state like Nebraska. "There's more humidity here," said Michael Lauver of Nevada. "Out in Nevada you can be comfortable [...] Here, 90 degrees in the shade you'll be sweating." Many feel like that just gets worse each year.

"We really haven't had any spring weather anymore, it just jumps from winter into hot summer," Joyce Richardson said as she was fishing at Skyview Lake. 

Still many insist on soaking up the sun, like Kjer Peters from Seattle stopping by Ta Ha Zouka Park. 

"I love the heat, it's wonderful, all the way in my bones I feel good but when it gets to be too much we munch on ice," she said. She buy ice pops specifically for days when it gets to be 90.

Doctors tell us heat exhaustion is something to look out for when Peters starts cracking the ice out. They advise: people should never leave animals unattended, wear light colored clothes, limit activity to morning or evening hours, and wear sunscreen.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue even had training on heat exhaustion, Thursday. Volunteer Landon Grothe said he responded to a heat exhaustion call just that morning.

 "Drink plenty of water, Gatorade for electrolytes, monitor each other, get each other into the shade, know your limits," he said. He hopes with a bit of community care, helpful hydration, and sheltered shade; even a blistering drought won't darken any days.

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