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Hot weather comes to the South Plains

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

After near record breaking Friday heat, hot weather will continue this weekend. Today's high temperatures will range from the mid 90's to lower 100's.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between 1979 and 2003 - 8,105 people died from extreme heat-related complications - more than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.

This is just the first day of what will likely be a hot summer filled with outdoor activities, here are a few tips on how to keep you and your family safe during hot weather.

  • Avoid exercise or prolonged outdoor exposure during times of peak heat, which is typically between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Drink plenty of clear, non-alcoholic fluids, such as water. Drinking electrolyte containing beverages will also help replenish electrolytes lost from sweating.

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing if outdoors.

  • And, of course, check on those who may not be able to take precautions. Preventative measures are the safest, most effective way to prevent heat-related illnesses.

For more on how you can prepare for the hot summer months ahead, visit the CDC's website at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp

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