Heat illness rises as temperatures increase (includes video story)

The temperature is rising and so is the danger of heat illness. Today the National Weather Service issued the first heat advisory of the spring in Miami. Each year in the United States, over 67,000 people visit emergency rooms due to heat.

Anybody can be affected by heat-related illnesses, but the Centers for Disease Control says that the most susceptible include anyone 65 and older, as well as people with high blood pressure and those who work outside.

Dr. Kristina Butler, who works with the Mayo Clinic, said that people should avoid being outside during the hottest times of the day.

“Heat exhaustion can occur very rapidly,” said Butler. “Waking up a little bit earlier to enjoy the sunrise and maybe spending more time outside over the sunset… because those moments of less extreme heat can allow us to be outside enjoying fresh air but also being safe.”

Heat illness symptoms include heavy sweating, clammy skin and a weak pulse. If you experience these, experts say it’s time to get back inside.


Amanda Gray is a Cuban-American student majoring in digital media at FIU. She intends to utilize her knowledge of writing, public speaking, editing, and social media management to pursue a career in non-profit work, bringing to life her passion for communication and advocacy. Gray has enjoyed extensive international travel and uses her global perspective to highlight and serve communities.