With brutal heat wave on the horizon, heed these warning signs of heat-related illness

FILE -- A home builder works at sunrise, Monday, June 20, 2016, in Gilbert, Ariz in an effort to beat the rising temperatures. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Kern County is about to enter an extended heat wave. The forecast calls for triple-digit temperatures in Bakersfield for a week, maybe longer.

With this comes dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says muscle cramping might be the first sign of a heat-related illness. Here are the signs you might be suffering from heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

If you experience these symptoms, the CDC advises you to move to a cooler location, lie down and loosen your clothing, apply cool and wet cloths to your body, and sip water.

If you have continual vomiting, seek medical attention immediately.

So, what are the signs that heat exhaustion has progressed to the more serious heat stroke? CDC says you might experience:

  • High body temperature, above 103 degrees
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

If heat stroke strikes, the CDC says you should immediately call 911. Heat stroke is a medical emergency, the CDC says.

Don't drink fluids while experiencing heat stroke, but move to a cooler place and reduce your body temperature with either cool cloths or a bath, the CDC says.

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