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Central MS suffers through extreme heat

It felt like 100 degrees or higher Monday in parts of central Mississippi.  The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory that lasted until 7 p.m. 

You could see the heat rising from streets and roadways, and particularly on the airport runway at Jackson-Evers International Airport.

The heat is very hard on those who have to work out in it, but most of those we found were taking care of themselves by taking frequent breaks and drinking lots of water and other liquids with no alcohol. 

Stephen Wilkinson with the Jackson office of the National Weather Service had the best news; that there is some relief in sight. "We have got a big stream of tropical moisture coming up from the south, it's going to increase thunderstorm activity, and a lot better chance of more widespread rainfall, and substantial rainfall across the area." 

Jim Pollard with American Medical Response ambulance service says heat service calls pick up in this type of heat and he warned heat stroke is the most serious form of heat illness. 

"Call 911 because this is a potentially fatal form of heat illness. And make sure you cool that person, not to the point of shivering, but cool that person pretty quickly," said Pollard. 

Jamie Johnson, a construction foreman in Ridgeland, shared how he deals with the heat. "Well I use a lot of Gatorade, I keep it in my truck and I tote a little keg around with me, and I drink every five to ten minutes, I do it and stay comfortable all day." 

Most everybody we talked to had learned the lesson of taking breaks and drinking lots of liquids, like water, or Gatorade and other such drinks

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