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Summer still days away, but heat suggests otherwise

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

BILOXI, MS  (WLOX) - The calendar says summer is still 13 days away.  But the heat index says otherwise.

With South Mississippi in the grips of an early heat wave, there are plenty of people trying their best to keep cool.

A southerly breeze along the beach provides a little relief from the stifling afternoon heat.  It's one of those days when the heat can be seen rising from the Highway 90 blacktop.

"It's definitely warm today. And I love being in the shade," said beach visitor Lee Robin.

Robin is thankful for the beach vendor umbrellas.  His family is enjoying some vacation time on the fun-but-hot Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"We're from Georgia and my son wanted to go to the beach and so we just decided to come down to Mississippi," he said, "Yes, summer is definitely here. And I hate to see what July and August are going to feel like down here."

The Red Cross offers several hot weather safety tips:  Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  And stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.

Cool water flowing from atop a palm tree is also pretty refreshing.  Just ask kids at the splash pad in West Gulfport.

"The splash pad, that's what it is. Hooray!" said one young man.

Similar splash pad parks along the coast will stay busy this summer, especially when the heat index hits triple digits.

"She's enjoying it. She came out last year with summer camp," said one Gulfport mom.

The kids get soaking wet; while the adults congregate beneath the live oak.

"We're in the shade and the kids are in the water," said another mother, who was watching eight kids at the splash pad.

Sounds like a plan for keeping your cool during what could be one hot summer.

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