CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - It can be difficult to stay hydrated in this oppressive heat.
For the third day, temperatures in the Pioneer Valley reached the low 90s. But 22News Stormteam Meteorologist Adam Strzempko says the heat index makes it feel more like 95 to 96.
It's this type of weather that makes it difficult to be outside, let alone work all day under the sun. And Cooley Dickinson's Medical Director of Emergency Services says it's those who work outside who are more likely to become dehydrated and suffer heat related illness. Dr. R.F Conway told 22News snacking and wearing loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing can help.
"Most healthy people who aren't taking medications can stay hydrated by using water. If you've been out for a long period of time it wouldn't hurt if you also added some electrolyte solutions," said Dr. Conway.
Some signs that you may be dehydrated are sudden fatigue, vomiting, and extreme thirst.
Dr. Conway says you shouldn't wait to be thirsty to drink fluids. Pacing yourself and taking breaks in the shade could prevent heat related illnesses. Click here for a list of cooling centers in South Hadley, Northampton and Easthampton.