Bay County Among Top in Heat Related Illness

Today is the first day of summer, but you didn't have to tell Art construction employee Chris Eckman that.

"In this sun, the big orange comes out, we have to have plenty of breaks. We drink our water and our Gatorade. It's a lot harder to work in the heat, but we still do it," said Eckman.

Between 2005-2009, Florida reported nearly 20,000 cases of heat related illnesses, 53 of those resulted in deaths.

Early signs include dark colored urine and dizziness.

"That's called heat exhaustion. That can progress into heat stroke and that is the most dangerous. That is when you are not sweating, so therefore you are not cooling off," said Dr. Bill Bautsch.

NOAA forecasters are not predicting a particularly hot summer, but they are calling for a wet one and that causes just as many problems.

"Based upon the fact that it should be wetter, we trend the temperatures down 4-5 degrees, but that just makes it muggy. So it's still going to feel 100-105 everyday from now till September," said WJHG Meteorologist Jim Loznicka.

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