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Staying safe in the summer sun

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Thursday is Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin. The National Weather Service and Wisconsin Emergency Management wants to remind you how to stay safe in the summer heat.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity can lead to health issues such as fatigue, dizziness, and fainting.

Some ways to keep cool are to stay hydrated, pack on the sunscreen, and try to minimize direct sunlight from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WXOW Meteorologist Alex Kirchner said, "When the sun is hottest your sweat, which is responsible for helping keep the body cool, doesn't work as well. There's too much moisture in the air, it doesn't evaporate very easily, so the result is you start climbing when it comes to body temperature."

The National Weather Service said children and the elderly are most at risk of heat-related illnesses.

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