Keeping the body cool amid extreme summer heat

Reporter: Anika Henanger
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Fort Myers Beach sees big crowd Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Photo via WINK News.
Fort Myers Beach sees big crowds. (Credit: WINK News)

Right now, with that heat and humidity on Sunday, the beach will be a #1 spot to keep cool. But even on Fort Myers Beach, with the breeze and more refreshing water, you have to play it safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said extreme heat causes over 600 deaths per year. That high humidity can stop your body from releasing sweat as fast as it needs to.

Now, some ways that heat can get to you are heat exhaustion, cramps or even a stroke. If someone has cold, clammy skin, muscle cramps or starts feeling nauseous, that is when you need to call for some help.

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Ola Ekstrane, who lives on Fort Myers Beach, is contentious of the heat at all times during the summer and keeps his body cool.

“We drink a lot of water or we can stay at the outlets,” Ekstrane said. “They have a good air-conditioning or the hotel room, as well.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are many more high-temperature days ahead. We will see 99 days a year on average with a temperature above 90 degrees.

If you live in Fort Myers, brace yourself. It was recently identified as one of the hottest cities in America. Fort Myers comes in as 21 out of 50. That is because of the average number of days when the temperature is 90 degrees or higher.

With the heat that scorching, some people out on the beach acknowledged that they were not able to do some of their routine weekend activities.

“I was just washing my cars yesterday and I ended up quitting because it was ridiculously hot,” Nyko Harrynarine said. “I’ve lived in Florida my whole life and it’s just never been like this before.”

If you live or are headed down to Collier County, there is a heat advisory there, so an increased risk for heat illness. Just remember, wear loose clothing, drink plenty of water and check-in on neighbors.

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