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Mecklenburg County warns of weekend heat

"Make sure to drink plenty of water. We encourage people not to wait until they're thirsty."

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With the forecasted temperatures expected to reach the high 90s and heat indexes into the triple digits, Mecklenburg County Health Director, Dr. Meg Sullivan advised all residents to take precautions this weekend against the dangers of summer.

"Make sure to drink plenty of water. We encourage people not to wait until they're thirsty. When you think about heatstroke, you think about somebody that is incredibly hot or has a fever, and we often talk about mental status changes, feeling confused or faint, you might pass out." said Dr. Sullivan.

The health department said you really can't drink too much water in very high temperatures. The county urged anyone without shelter to visit a library during the hottest parts of the day if no other shelter can be found.

The elderly and the very young are most at-risk for heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If you have an exercise program, the health director said move your workout to either early morning or late evening.

The heat is expected to stay in the area through much of next week as well.

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