SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Local hospitals are gearing-up for what is expected to be a busy week.
With extremely high temperatures and oppressive humidity, doctors say that it's important to know the symptoms of heat stroke so you can recognize it if you have a problem.
They say your body sweats to cool itself down, but if you ever stop sweating, it's a sign you may be overheating. The increased sweating is also why you need to drink a lot of water.
"You would be surprised how much water that you lose just through evaporation and perspiration, so if you have to be outside in the heat, take frequent breaks, try to dress in light-colored clothing that will reflect a little bit of the heat," said Dr. Roy Sittig of Baystate Medical Center.