HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - Temperatures in Hampton Roads are so high this week they present a risk.
10 On Your Side checked with local hospitals, and so far there are no reports of people coming in for heat exhaustion or related illnesses. But experts say Thursday and Friday are the days you need to be most careful.
Even though some relief is on its way, the problem is that it's been so hot for several days that those outside get a cumulative effect.
"It's gonna be definitely at least a three shirt day," said James Hogan, a roofing worker in Portsmouth.
"And some people get meaner and ornerier as it gets hotter and hotter," said Mark Shlyk, another Portsmouth roofer.
For many outside workers in Hampton Roads, work starts a little earlier and takes a little longer. For a Portsmouth roofing crew and a Virginia Beach landscaping crew, their alarm clocks were set about an hour early and they took longer breaks than usual.
"Any chance we can, we'll stand in the shade, grab some water, maybe some Powerade or something," said Ken Current, a Virginia Beach worker.
The breaks make the day drag a bit, but its better to be safe than sorry. Shlyk can attest to that – he sweated off six pounds in water weight Wednesday.
"It was pretty much to the point if I didn't get a cold shower, it was game over," he said.
Just a few degrees can make a difference. A few years even more.
"I just turned 41, so I've been [working outside for 13 years], so it's starting to wear on my body a little bit," said Current.
Hogan's been at this 30 years, and he's really feeling it this summer. Doctors say the older you get, the more careful you should be because your body doesn't adjust to sudden temperature changes as well.
But even children have limits, hence the change in plans at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Summer Camp.
"It's Harry Potter week, so the big Harry Potter robes were better used indoors," said a camp worker.
Any disappointment in the children at the camp quickly disappeared when they started playing in the water. And that is the key -- whether playing in it or drinking it, water is the way to stay cool and healthy.
If you ever stop sweating or someone else does, that's a big red flag. If you experience confusion or cramping, those are also signs of heat exhaustion. The best course of action is to get somewhere cool and drink water immediately.
Norfolk Police are investigating the cause of death for male found unconscious on the beach.
Speaker Bill Howell will be in Chesapeake Monday to address the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.
It took fire crews about 10 minutes to get an electrical fire under control in Suffolk Sunday night.