SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It might be only May, but with temperatures feeling hotter than a typical summer day, it's time to be careful outside.
Staying out of the sun on a hot day is easier said than done.
For those who have to work outside, you have to deal with the heat as best as you can.
"Wear loose clothes, try not to wear shorts. Plenty of short sleeve shirts and lots of water," said Rick Paiva, who was helping with construction work in Springfield.
Even less strenuous outdoor jobs can be brutal with temperatures over 90 degrees.
"Well, I'm in the shade and I have an umbrella so I try to not move around too much. Take it easy in the heat and I drink lots and lots of water," said Sally Ampelakis who owns the Downtown Dogs hot dog stand in Springfield.
The hottest part of the day is typically between noon and 4 o'clock in the afternoon. So if you plan on doing any outside activities such as sports, experts recommend doing that in the morning or well into the evening.
According to Dr. John Santoro at Baystate Medical Center, the very old and very young are most at risk of heat related illnesses.
Symptoms of heat health issues include excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting, and even lack of sweating can be an issue.
Drinking non-alcoholic, caffeine-free liquids and getting out of the heat is your best remedy for heat illness.
If symptoms continue, your doctor or the emergency room is your best course of action.