Summers in Florida can be gorgeous, particularly for coastal residents who enjoy spending time in the water. But, soaring temperatures and high humidity make heat-related illnesses a concern for many residents.
The human body cools itself by sweating; however when the temperatures rise and the humidity is high, sometimes sweating isn’t enough. That’s when there’s risk of heat-related illnesses; injuries that occur from staying out in the sun too long.
Heat illnesses can be particularly dangerous to the elderly, the very young, and those with a compromised immune system or who are overweight.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, common heat illnesses include heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash.
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