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National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for most of the greater Athens area

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for most of the greater Athens area. That includes the following counties of Clarke, Oconee, Jackson, Madison, Oglethorpe and Barrow. Plus Morgan, Greene, Walton and Newton Counties. A heat advisory has been issued for other parts of the state and both are in effect from 11am to 8pm. The heat index, the combination of the effects of heat and humidity, could exceed 110 degrees in some areas.

Experts say heat exhaustion, which is the less serious form of the heat related medical conditions may show heavy sweating, weakness, cold pale clammy skin with possible fainting and vomiting. Heat stroke which happens when an internal body temperature reaches 106 degrees, is more serious with symptoms including hot, dry skin, rapid and strong pulse with possible unconsciousness and fainting. The best way to avoid injury is to limit time outdoors, with the best hours early in the morning or late in the evening. Wear lightweight and light-colored clothes and drink plenty of fluids.

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