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Excessive heat warning issued through 8 p.m. tonight

The National Weather Service as issued an excessive heat warning for Mt. Laurel and the surrounding area today. The warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. this evening.

An excessive heat warning means that a period of excessive heat is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity creates a situation in which heat illness is possible.

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Residents are reminded to take extra precautions when spending time outdoors today. Below are some tips to avoid heat-related illness:

  • Avoid, as much as possible, working or playing in the hot sun or other hot areas. If you must be out in the sun, wear a head covering. A wide-brimmed hat or visor will not only protect your head from intense rays of the sun, it will also provide a shield for your eyes.
  • Use air-conditioners and fans. Open windows to release trapped hot air.
  • Those taking regular medication should consult with their physician. Some medications cause an adverse reaction in hot weather.
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids, warm and cool. Because the body loses fluids in the heat, drinking lots of liquids helps to avoid dehydration.
  • Maintain a normal diet.
  • Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature.
  • Do not leave older people, children or pets alone in cars.
  • The early warning signs of heat stress are decreased energy, slight loss of appetite, faintness, light-headedness and nausea. People experiencing these symptoms should go to a cool environment, drink liquids, remove excess clothing and rest.

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