Life threatening heat has set in for Mississippi and Alabama. So much so, that Storm Team 11 has issued a Weather Alert Day. Temperatures have hit the 90s, and the dangerous heat puts a number of people at risk.
Our area was placed under an excessive heat warning Monday. With that, medical experts say heat-related illnesses can develop over time or appear suddenly.
Some of the problems indicating heat exhaustion include a weak or rapid pulse, headache, low blood pressure when standing, dizziness and nausea.
Dr. Lindsey Prewitt with Anderson Regional Medical Center says she has treated some of those issues recently.
"It is interesting that as summer has gone on, I have certainly seen more heat illness," said Prewitt. "People are actually getting admitted to the hospital for being hot. One of the most interesting things to me is that almost none of them realized they were hot. Most didn't know that's what was going on. A lot of them said, 'I didn't feel as hot today was I have felt at other times.' That's what can be so tricky about this. It can sneak up on you."
Doctors say don't underestimate the power of a hot day. Keep the symptoms and limits in mind during the hot weather and don't overdo it. Also remember to check on your pets.