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Experts stress staying hydrated during heat wave

As temperatures stay in the high 90s many will look to take a trip to the pool or beach to cool off, and while experts say that can help with heat, it won't prevent dehydration.

Posted: Jul 19, 2019 4:57 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2019 10:31 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) As temperatures stay in the high 90s many will look to take a trip to the pool or beach to cool off, and while experts say that can help with heat, it won't prevent dehydration. 

"It is a common misconception that just because you are in or around water that you can't become dehydrated," said registered nurse Stevie Smith, the Clinic Coordinator for the St. Joseph Health Department. "Whenever you're swimming, you're still sweating and you can still become dehydrated very quickly especially during this time of year."

Smith says you have to be mindful even while you're enjoying water activities. 

"Even if you are busy enjoying yourself you have to make a conscious effort to keep hydrated," said Smith.

And water is the best choice to hydrate.

"Alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks are not going to be the drink of choice for re-hydration, " Smith said. "What you need is water and if you are moving around a lot, have something with electrolytes to replace what you are loosing."

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A cold front is currently moving through our area this morning dropping temperatures into the lower 40s and upper 30s. Today will be a cool day with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s with increasing clouds. Temperatures will fall into the lower 30s tonight. We could see a few areas of light rain and drizzle this evening, but precipitation chances will start to increase overnight into tomorrow morning. With the sub freezing temperatures, precipitation will transition from light rain and drizzle in the evening to snow overnight into Tuesday morning. Snowfall will continue through the morning hours on Tuesday before transitioning to a rain/snow mix while it exits the area. Most areas will see around 1-3 inches. Accumulations will stay mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces, but expect slushy road conditions Tuesday morning. Conditions will slowly start to improve for the rest of the work week with sunshine returning and temperatures slowly warming. Rain chances will return for the end of the work week.
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