SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - On Friday we saw the mercury climb up to 97 degrees.
Although the temperatures will remain in the lower 90's on Saturday, it will still be a hot, hazy, humid day.
Extreme heat and humidity can affect both us and our pets the same day, but pets have a different way of dealing with heat.
Pets can't sweat through their skin.
Rather furry animals sweat through their paws and pant to try to cool down.
However, they are just as vulnerable to heatstroke as we are, so it is extremely important to find some relief for your pets as well.
When it is extremely hot and humid like today, watch out for these signs of heatstroke.
Heavy panting, glazed eyes, fever, lack of coordination and difficulty breathing and tips to keep your pets cool are similar to different ways for us, humans, to avoid heat exhaustion.
-Keep hydrated and give your pets plenty of water too.
-Stay in the shade.
-Limit outdoor activities.
-Don't be outside during maximum heat hours, which are late morning and afternoons.
-Take your pets out for a walk during early morning or evening hours.
-Never leave pets in cars.
Temperatures inside a car can skyrocket to 125 degrees in a matter of minutes which is extremely dangerous for pets.
Cooling centers like the Forest Park branch library here on Belmont Ave. will be open on Saturday.