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Heat Advisory in effect for Thursday

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for parts of the mid-south, including the Magnolia state.

Heat indices are expected to hit the triple digits, and an excessive heat warning has been issued for North Mississippi.

A heat advisory is in effect for most of Central Mississippi.

Counties along and North of Interstate 20 are affected.

The scorching heat can make you sick, and, in extreme cases, cause death.

In Shelby County, TN, three people have died from heat-related illnesses so far this year.

Three On Your Side has these tips for surviving the dogs days of summer, from the National Institutes of Health:

- Drink plenty of water, but avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol; those can dehydrate you.  

- Stay out of the sun as much as possible.

- Wear light-colored, light-weight fabrics. Natural fabrics like cotton or linen are often cooler than synthetic materials like polyester.

- Keep your house cool by covering windows during the hottest part of the day.

- Remember, the number one way to beat the heat is running the air conditioning.

Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, so never leave children, the elderly, or pets in the car.

And, if you can, check on elderly neighbors or family members to make sure they are okay.

Early signs of heat-related illness include profuse sweating, fatigue, thirst and muscle cramps. 

Heat stroke is the most severe heat-related illnesses.

Signs include fever, extreme confusion, and dry, hot red skin .

If you suspect a heat-related illness, the National Institutes of Health recommends drinking plenty of water and lying down with feet lifted 12 inches.

If symptoms are extreme, call 911.

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