NORWALK - As a heat wave scorched southwestern Connecticut Monday, doctors urged residents to let the sweat out and drink plenty of water.

People need to wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that lets sweat escape. They should also drink plenty of water and watch out for signs of heat-related illnesses, doctors say.

"The final thing is when you start to feel very weak, you might develop signs of stroke, you could actually pass out, get a really high fever, you're beginning to cook your brain," says Dr. Michael Carius of Norwalk Hospital.

The first signs of a heat-related problem include cramping, weakness, headache and nausea. Dr. Carius adds that residents should not drink alcohol and if they must exercise, to do so indoors.

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