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Extreme heat throughout Mississippi

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A heat advisory is in effect through Monday for the entire state of Mississippi.  Residents in Rankin County probably did not need the National Weather Service to tell them that.

Sarah Jordan, who is six months pregnant, only had to step out her front door. "It's so hot outside.  We can be out here for two minutes, but that's about all we can do," said Jordan.

For a child the heat may not seem so bad.  It's a good excuse to try out the slip and slide or new floaties.  Even if you have grown up with summers in the south, the strong heat can still take you by surprise.

"What we see more of is heat exhaustion through dehydration here," said MEA Medical Clinic in Flowood Dr. Marc Hellrung.  To avoid any heat related illnesses he suggests to stay cool and stay smart with these tips: Drink plenty of water and limit alcoholic beverages.  Dress in loose fitting, lightweight and light colored clothes and stay in air conditioning.

"If you can avoid it stay inside, stay in the air conditioning, if you can not avoid it and you're outside, make sure you act early," said Dr. Hellrung.

Some signs of heat exhaustion are dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches and a weak pulse. If you experience any of these symptoms check with a doctor.

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