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Extreme heat health impacts

Over the weekend, a couple dozen people went to CRMC's ER with heat related illnesses.

Being outside for long periods of time can be brutal on our bodies.  Worst case scenario; it can land us in the hospital.  A Community Regional Medical Spokesperson says a couple dozen people were admitted to the emergency room over the weekend for heat related illnesses, but Monday wasn't as bad.

Bradly Vaughn has an apartment to cool off in, but he's braving the weather outside to run errands on his bike.

"I'm drinking lots of iced tea.  And I keep going and wetting my head and my hair," said Vaughn, a Fresno resident.

Those are good ways to stay cool and out of the doctor's office during the heat wave, according to internist Alan Kelton.

"Every year I have a few patients, especially the frail, elderly who get dehydrated," said Dr. Kelton.

He says most people naturally drink more during extremely hot days, and that amount is usually enough.  The best advice is to stay inside air conditioned buildings as much as possible.  For those times when the power goes out, PG&E's control center starts the process of restoring it.  Maps covering every wall show circuits all over the valley.

"We treat heat as a storm condition.  It's the same response or readiness as if it was a winter storm," said Denny Boyles, PG&E's spokesperson.

It's far from winter-like conditions on Shaw and Blackstone.  Michael Chicago says he's prepared for the long summer ahead.

"I drink a lot of water and Gatorade plus they give me ice packs and a fan inside so I'm pretty cool in here.  It looks worse than it actually is," said Chicago, who works in a bird suit for Fiesta Auto Insurance.

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Fresno, CA

  • High: 82°F
  • Low: 54°F
  • Sunrise: 6:12 AM PDT
  • Sunset: 7:41 PM PDT
  • Feels Like: 65°F
  • Wind Chill: 65°F
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • Dew Point: 35°
  • Relative Humidity: 33%