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      The hottest day ever

      The headline is correct.

      Friday marks the hottest temperatures Amarillo has EVER seen.

      At 4:35 p.m., the National Weather service says the city reached 109 degrees. This breaks the record of 108 degrees set back in 1953 and t ied in 1990.

      Never has a temperature been recorded higher than 108 degrees in Amarillo. Storm Search 7 Meteorologist Shelly Sites says this weekend will be equally as hot, if not hotter. For her full forecast, click here.

      Here are some tips to help you deal with the extreme heat from the Centers for Disease Control.:

      Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don TMt wait until you TMre thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot. Don TMt drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar"these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps. Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library"even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle. Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: Infants and young childrenPeople aged 65 or olderPeople who have a mental illnessThose who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.