Sweltering summer heat prompts advisories

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Excessive, oppressive or just plain miserable. However you describe Wednesday's weather, it's downright hot outside. Those who work in an air conditioned office, count your blessings. You could be dripping sweat, working on Wade Schroeder's road crew.

"We get used to it after a little while," said the construction foreman.

Water is the key to enduring these heat advisory days.

"Take plenty of water breaks. We probably go through, with my crew out here, probably ten to twenty gallons a day," said Schroeder.

Nathaniel Johnson pointed to his wet "do rag" as helping him keep cool.

"The rag, the water, that's really it," he explained.

Hats that block the scalding sun can also help.

Johnny Gatlin uses the water jug for more than drinking. He stuck his head under the spout and let the ice cold water cover his head.

"Gotta stay cool. It's real hot. Feels like it's 120 degrees some days," says Gatlin.

A great way to beat this early August heat is to get wet. And a visit to one of the splash pads along the coast is just the ticket. One vacationing Louisiana family sure enjoys it.

"We're the Weber family," said Jaquetta Weber, who said she and her husband Nathaniel brought their children to the Gulfport splash pad after learning about it online.

"It's really nice out here," she said, "Really nice!"

Tim Buehler brought a special four-year-old to the splash pad.

"My grand daughter and she loves it here. She enjoys everything, the kids, the water. She likes to water the plants," said the smiling grandpa.

Watering the plants and the people both make good sense on this sweltering dog day afternoon.

If you must be outdoors during these heat advisory days, there are some things you can do to avoid getting overheated:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear light colored clothing
  • Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the afternoon

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