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Surviving the summer heat in Texoma

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Staying hydrated is the key to surviving the summer heat wave. (KTEN) Staying hydrated is the key to surviving the summer heat wave. (KTEN)
Some construction workers start their day before the sun comes up to beat the heat. (KTEN) Some construction workers start their day before the sun comes up to beat the heat. (KTEN)

With the mercury soaring well into the nineties, Texomans who work outdoors are facing the extreme heat of summer, not uncommon for mid-July.

And they well know the need for taking precautions as temperatures continue to climb.

Construction worker Dan Rodriguez knows the value of liquid intake.

"Drink a lot of water, especially water, Gatorade, Topo Chico, straight out the cooler... gotta be used to it," he said.

We've all heard it a million times: Drink water and stay hydrated in extreme heat.  But keep in mind that dangerously high temperatures can be dangerous to your health.

Some construction workers around Texoma are starting their days after midnight to try and beat the heat as much as they can.

"Try to find a little bit of shade on your drinking breaks, but when you're pouring concrete, you know you gotta tough it out," Rodriguez said.

How about some relief? KTEN meteorologist Amber Nowaski said temperatures are just going to keep climbing.

"Heat index values all across Texoma are expected to be in the triple digits," she said. "Right now it's 112 in Sherman-Denison, so expecting those same heat index values through the rest of next week, also."

Heat strokes and heat exhaustion are more common than you may think, with hundreds of cases around the U.S. each summer.

"Excessively sweating, or even -- you know --  the more severe when you quit sweating," said Red River ER nurse Janice Shelburne. "It's too long, you've gone too far, nausea, headaches, sore throat -- are all signs and symptoms of a heat stroke."

Medical professionals and outdoor workers agree: Hydration is key to surviving the summer heat.

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