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Larry Smith, a “trouble man” with Entergy, prepares to service a property in Grenada on Thursday. Entergy is working with community action agencies throughout its service area to provide free window unit air-conditioners and fans to needy customers this summer.
 
By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer


   Taking frequent brakes while working outside and drinking plenty of water are the keys to avoiding serious injury, experts say, as blisteringly high temperatures scorch the area.
   This June has been the second hottest in more than 30 years, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis. The NWS forecasted temperatures in excess of 100 degrees today, Saturday and Sunday.  
   The heat poses serious risk, especially to the very young and the very old, according to Dr. Terrance Wade, emergency room director at Grenada Lake Medical Center.
   Those on medication, as well as those with medical conditions and whose bodies are prone to dehydration, like small children and the elderly, are especially vulnerable to the heat, Wade said.
Monday was the first 100-degree day this year. The average temperature this June is 89 degrees. That’s the hottest since 2007 when it was 92.7 degrees. The hottest June in recent history prior to 2007 was 1980.

For the full story, see the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.


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