With a heat index approaching 115 degrees in some places, there's no doubt, it's really hot outside!

If you took a walk outside Monday or this past weekend, it probably felt like you were walking into an oven.

People around the area are forced to take precautions if they're working or playing outside.

And it's probably needed since Mobile Fire-Rescue says there's been a spike in the number of calls for exposure. Clearly, the heat is getting the best of some folks.

"We have a big upper-level ridge and those things when they form in the upper atmosphere, they act as a pressure cooker and they force all the air down," said Meteorologist Adam Olivier, with FOX10's Storm Tracker Team.

The heat can be very challenging for those who work outside. A perfect example is firefighters!

Sunday, Mobile firefighters battled a blaze for 2 hours, even calling in extra crews to give firefighters a break from the heat.

"Our incident command, the district chief on scene called for an additional rescue truck on scene with paramedics to assist with rehab and recovery because again it's an extremely hot day," said Steven Millhouse, Mobile Fire-Rescue Spokesperson. "The heat index was in triple digits and it could wear you down really fast if you're in fire gear."

Millhouse says in situations like Sunday, where the heat is daunting, they try to practice what they preach to the public about heat safety, so often.

"Limit your exposure in the sun, direct sunlight. Limit your time outside. Stay cool for as long as you can. Stay hydrated, not just waiting until its time to put on the gear and run into a burning home or burning structure but throughout the day, stay hydrated," he said.

Firefighters aren't the only ones who have to tough out the heat. Over at Maitre park and several other football fields throughout the city, athletes, big and small and their coaches are out in the thick of it.

"The biggest thing is just keeping these kids hydrated every day," said Coach Cameron Barnes, who coaches 7-year-old football at Maitre.

When it comes to hydration and breaks, he's not taking any chances. While out on the field, we saw several jugs of water, water tanks, and water bottles. Barnes says the want to make sure no one has issues from heat exhaustion.

"We try to let them hydrate after every drill we do," he said. "Every 15 minutes."

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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