Jackson County Residents Warned of Dangerous Temperatures

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WJHG: JACKSON COUNTY-- Many Northwest Florida residents have been braving sweltering temperatures the past few days.

Wednesday, Jackson County officials were one of several local counties to issue a heat advisory.

The advisory is in effect until early Sunday when temperatures are set to reach nearly 100 degrees.

Officials say right now it’s best for residents to stay indoors if possible.

For Marianna resident Maylene Roberts the heat here in Jackson County has been treacherous.

"It just feels like it's kind of, you’re sitting by a fire and the waves are coming," described Roberts.

With temperatures possibly reaching 100 degrees, local officials urge residents to take precautions.

"We've had so much humidity here and everything else here lately,” said Jackson County Emergency Management Director Rodney Andreasen. “But the heat values are gonna be over 100 degrees, as far as the indices goes. And that proves some very dangerous conditions that a lot of people aren't prepared to deal with."

Andreasen says the best way to stay safe is to stay out of the heat. He also says to be aware of your neighbors.

"Especially if they're elderly neighbors, senior citizens. But make sure you stay in a air conditioned place. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, make sure that you wear the proper clothing," he explained.

Farmers at the Marianna Farmers Market say this weather is hurting their crops.

"Right now the heat is virtually drying everything up that's in the field,” explained farmer Sharon Arnett. “If you don't have irrigation, you can forget it. It doesn't matter what you have in the field if you don't have irrigation."

The lack of rain along with this heat has farmers feeling it in their pocketbooks.

"It cost a lot of money, because, uhm, like I say you have to continually water, to try to keep your crops from dying, and anyone who doesn't have an irrigation system, there crops are just gonna die."

Here are a few more tips officials say will help avoid heat related illnesses: avoid liquids with high amounts of sugar, avoid relying on fans as a main cooling device, and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids.

For more information on how to protect yourself during the warm weather, contact your local emergency management office.

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