Montanans may not be used to severe hot weather, so today NBC Montana found out the keys to avoiding heat stroke are always staying hydrated and paying attention to your body. 

Being out in the hot weather is part of Chad Moreland's everyday job.

"I mean you can't push yourself over the limit, no," explained Chad Moreland.

Moreland has been working in the construction business for three years. He says his body is acclimated to the hot weather, but he also has a secret to staying cool.

"Drinking plenty of water, always drinking water. And sometimes if it's warm, drink that too. It just quenches your body, you need that in your system," said Moreland.

And Doctor Kristin Anderson at Community Medical Center agrees, but warns that sometimes water isn't enough.

"If you find yourself, if you're working outside, gardening outside and you start to feel dizzy, lightheaded, some symptoms of GI or stomach upset, it's time to evaluate how your body is doing," explained Kristin Anderson.

Anderson explains that dizzy and fatigue are the first signs of heat stroke. She cautions to get in some shade and make sure you're drinking a lot of water even if you're not thirsty.

"So important to remember that once your body starts to feel thirsty, you are already somewhat dehydrated. So, this is the time of year, given where we live to just have something to sip on so you are rehydrating yourself constantly," explains Anderson.

It's easy to tell how hot it is when you walk outside, but surfaces can be even hotter than the air. For example the NBC Montana thermometer shows the asphalt is 110.5 degrees.

At the end of a long day in these kinds of conditions,  Moreland says he feels the exhaustion.

"You get fatigued but still at the same time you, you just got to sit down and rest when you need to," expresses Moreland.

People will be out enjoying BBQ's and other summer celebrations.  Dr. Anderson reminds you to drink alcoholic beverages in moderation because they can intensify dehydration and the dangers of hot weather.