Heat Wave

All across the country, we've been experiencing record high temperatures this weekend. In Florida's Big Bend it's no different, but there are a few things you should keep in mind if you have to be outdoors these days.

If you spent any amount of time outside this weekend, especially during the day, you had to feel the heat. In fact, it's the hottest weekend we've had so far this year.

"What's happened this weekend is that the winds are coming in from the land and that also makes things a lot hotter as well. Winds come in from the Gulf of Mexico; you tend to get these afternoon thunderstorms and that keeps things a little bit cooler," shared WCTV Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne.

But those familiar afternoon showers didn't show up Sunday afternoon, so no relief to cut the heat. In such conditions, health officials say folks should watch for signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration.

"Early on you might start seeing some you know just generalized feeling bad, your metabolism has increased, you’re sweating probably a lot more initially," added Michael Trehune, a paramedic with the Tallahassee Fire Department.

Trehune says other early signs to look for include a rapid heart rate and nausea, but there is a key to keeping cool and safe.

"Fluids, fluids, just keep drinking it all the time. You know, it's hard to get out of this heat. You know, just maintain as much fluids as possible," said Trehune.

Trehune also adds those fluids should be water or drinks with electrolytes rather than drinks containing caffeine.

Paramedics with the Tallahassee Fire Department also says that wearing loose clothing, covering your head and shading your face can help you cope with being outside in this heat.