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Understanding major heat illnesses symptoms

Dangerous heat has made a return back to Central Missouri as temperatures top out near record highs held since 1988. The heat index has surpassed 100 degrees with Saturday also expecting to surpass this mark leading for increased chances of heat illnesses. Two of the most prevalent types of heat illnesses experienced are heat exhaustion and heat strokes.

Both heat exhaustion and heat strokes can become very dangerous or even life threatening if left uncheck. Out of these two heat illnesses, heat stoke stands as the most dangerous. If you notice anyone experiencing these symptoms, you should immediately contact emergency personal for professional treatment.

There are many different ways to effectively limit the chances of experiencing both heat related illnesses by taking breakings, wearing appropriate sunscreen dependent on the UV index forecast, wearing light clothes, finding shade, and most importantly staying hydrated.

There are a few guidelines to follow when asking yourself the question of knowing how much is enough. The CDC recommends drinking one 8 oz. cup of water every 15-20 minutes in increased heat and water that is "potable" at 59 degrees or less. Another issue regarding proper water intake during hotter days is overhydration. This occurs when too much water is consumed in a short amount of time. To stay clear of overhydration, the CDC also recommends limiting yourself to 6 cups of water per hour.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms. Years later, he purchased a weather forecasting book and weather station at his elementary Scholastic Book Fair. After reading into the hows and whys of atmospheric science, he quickly became interested and gained his new passion.

Chance joined the ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February of 2021. He is currently the weekday Noon Meteorologist.


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