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New Mexicans should get water, rest and shade when temps are higher than 85 degrees

With temperatures remaining high this week, the New Mexico Department of Health encourages residents to drink plenty of water, rest and get under shade when they are outdoors to reduce the risk of heat-related illness.

In regions reaching triple digits, people should remain in cooled indoor places as much as possible. The highest temperatures are expected to occur Wednesday and Thursday.

Even though a temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit may not seem high, this is the temperature at which people start to go to the hospital for heat-related health problems.

These steps are also recommended while playing sports, hiking, fishing or camping, or for those who are pregnant or age 65 and older. Recess, P.E. and outdoor activities should take place early in the morning and be moved to cooled, indoor spaces for the hotter hours of the day. Never leave people or pets in a parked car.

Heat-related illness can have many symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, cramping and weakness. For more information and tips, visit www.nmtracking.org/health/heatstress/Heat.html.