Heat Wave Grips Midwest and South, Breaking Records

A major heat wave is underway in the Midwest and South, breaking records and causing dangerous conditions.

Millions of people are under heat alerts, and officials are warning residents to take precautions to stay safe.

The heat wave is expected to continue through the week, with temperatures reaching well into the triple digits in some areas.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity is creating dangerous heat indexes, which can make it feel like it's even hotter outside.

Heat stroke is a serious medical emergency that can be fatal. Symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperature, confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness.

If you experience any of the symptoms of heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

There are a number of things you can do to stay safe during a heat wave. These include:

– Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you're not thirsty. – Avoiding strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.

– Finding a cool place to stay, such as an air-conditioned building or a pool. – Wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. – Taking cool showers or baths. – Using a fan or air conditioner.

If you must go outside, be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat.

Check on elderly neighbors and relatives who may be at risk for heat-related illness.

The heat wave is a reminder of the importance of climate change adaptation. As the planet warms, heat waves are becoming more common and more intense.

We need to take steps to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases and prepare for the impacts of climate change.