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Written by Matt Davis on July 13, 2017. Posted in News/Weather

Get ready for another day of sweltering heat in Northwest Georgia.  Heat index values could reach as high as 100 today, according to the National Weather Service.

Tim Herrington, Director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, has some tips for beating the summer heat.  First and foremost, it’s important to stay hydrated so drink plenty of water.  Also, avoid strenuous work outdoors during the heat of the day.  If you must go outdoors, wear loose, lightweight clothing that covers your body.  And, of course, don’t forget the sunscreen!

Herrington further advises local residents to refrain from leaving children or animals in hot cars.  And be attentive to those most vulnerable to the summer heat, such as the elderly.

In addition to your sunscreen, don’t forget the bug spray!  Herrington says that a relatively mild winter in the area has led to a rise in the mosquito population this year.  He adds that it’s important to make sure you have the proper protection against bug bites!

The Floyd County Emergency Agency offers a free mobile app whereby interested parties can get additional tips for handing the heat and other weather-related threats.  The app may be downloaded from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.  For more information, visit www.romefloyd.com or call (706) 236-5004.

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