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West Michigan is experiencing its first heat wave of 2013


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- They say it’s not the heat it’s the humidity, but that isn’t really “it” either. It’s the combination of the two over a period of days that can get to be a problem, especially for the elderly or those who spend a lot of time out in hotter than usual conditions.

Linda Vail, director of Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services says the easy cure is to drink plenty of liquids...but avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

A high near 90 isn’t really in the danger zone unless you are not used to it, but with a string of hot days behind us and stretching out ahead of us this week, the depletion of fluids and electrolytes over days could be a risk.

More people die from hot weather every year than any other type of weather, phenomena. More than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or lightning combined most years.