With local forecasters predicting higher-than-normal temperatures this week, and a heat index at play Wednesday that could push things into the lower 100s, this heatwave we're in could lead to potentially hazardous health situations.

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The CDC says heat-related illnesses are preventable if caught in time.

So here's what you need to know, and what you need to be on the lookout for, to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when the temps get wicked hot this week.

Heat_Related_Illness, CDC
Heat_Related_Illness, CDC

If you have a physically demanding job or work outside, it's key to know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The City of Bangor City Hall's Facebook Page had a great breakdown of the differences and what to do if you think you're suffering from either.

Bangor City Hall via Facebook
Bangor City Hall via Facebook

With folks expected to flock to the Maine Savings Amphitheater Wednesday night for another Waterfront Concert, experts say take steps to stay cool and to listen to your body. If you don't feel right, pay attention to that.

Staying alert for symptoms can help you take quick action so that Heat exhaustion doesn't become Heat Stroke, as that change can be rapid and deadly if you're not careful.

Key things to look for:

Extreme Thirst

Sport. Young athlete drinking water of bottle after running

Make sure to drink plenty of water when it's hot out. Remind others, like children and the elderly, who may not remember to stay hydrated on their own. And don't forget your pets.


young woman cooling near the fountain

If you or someone you know starts to experience dizziness in the heat, it's important to take a break and sit down. Putting your head down between your knees can help. Remember to move slowly, especially when sitting down and getting up.

Heavy Sweating

Girl suffering a heatstroke refreshing with a fan

To sweat when it's warm is not unusual. But when you start to sweat excessively and uncontrollably, it might be time to take some action. Move to a cooler space and take a break.

You can also loosen tight clothing to allow for better airflow.

Business man adjusting tie
Jon Helgason

Nausea and Weakness

Tom Merton
Tom Merton

If you find yourself feeling queasy, crampy, or weak. take a break and rest.

At any point, if you or someone you suspect might be suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, displays signs of confusion, or passes out, you should call 9-1-1.

Old person dialing emergency number 911 on phone

Keep an eye out for yourself, your kids, older folks, and your friends and neighbors. We'll be up to our knees in the snow in due time, so you definitely want to make the most of the warmer summer weather. But let's do it smartly and safely.

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