- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A heat alert has been issued in central Oklahoma after Emergency Medical Services Authority responded to six heat-related illnesses.

EMSA said in a news release Wednesday that its ambulances responded to six people with heat-related illnesses on Tuesday. The service issues a heat alert when five heat illness calls are made.

The National Weather Service has also issued a heat advisory for the eastern half of Oklahoma until after nightfall Wednesday and for all of Arkansas except the far northwestern corner of the state. The weather service says heat index values in the region could surpass 105 degrees.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include cool, moist skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; weakness; thirst; and a rapid heartbeat.

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