Weekend heat drives many to lakes and water parks to cool off

ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Splashing right into the heat of summer, the Upstate’s waterways and parks were packed with people wanting a cool down Saturday. Temperatures rose into the mid to high 90’s and are expected to rise the next few days.

“It is like we hit summer now and it was all in one heat way right at the start,” said Tammy Hamilton. “We are stay outside but stay real cold, eating popsicles.”

As the temperatures got higher parents at Carolina Wren Park in downtown Anderson came prepared. HEAT

“It is really hot and humid,” Maria Hamilton said. “We’re keeping cool and keeping the kids cool by doing something fun before we go shopping.”

“In the Summertime, there’s not a lot to do but we wanted to come to a place that was cool,” David Longworth added.

The hot days are just the beginning of likely several heat waves to come. That’s why emergency officials say there are some things you should be doing now to protect you and your family from dangers like heat exhaustion and dehydration this summer.

The most important things to keep in mind, according to officials, is to drink lots of water and that you are finding lots of shade.

“Kids are not conscious of the summer heat, like I say, they aren’t really concerned with hydration,” said Longworth, about why he brought his kids to the park. “So it’s our jobs as parents to keep them hydrated and this weather is dangerous. You want to make sure you take care of yourself.”

During the hottest parts of the day emergency advise to stay in doors with the AC.  But if you do get out remember to pack some sunscreen for your pool dips and take time to break from the sizzling summer sun.

Officials also want to remind you that it is too hot to leave behind children or pets in your locked cars this summer.

For more important tips to safely beat the heat, check out the Red Cross recommendations by clicking HERE.

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