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Fort Myers makes 50 hottest cities in America list, how you can beat the heat

Posted at 9:41 AM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 09:41:47-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- It is hot hot hot out there Southwest Florida, if people don’t want to stay indoors, some people escape to the beach and pools to stay cool. One place many people went to Sunday was Sun Splash Waterpark in Cape Coral. Even though they were still near the water, many people say they were feeling the burn there as well.

"It just really hurts, the only way to really escape it, is to just get in the water," said 13-year-old, Andrew Belyshev.

The heat has been no joke and it's nothing new to the SWFL area, but according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Fort Myers is ranked one of the 50 hottest places in America.

NOAA says Fort Myers is ranked 21st in the country when it comes to heat, with 90 plus days with 90 or higher temperatures. Sun Slash Aquatics Coordinator, Madison Fletcher says she see heat exhaustion a lot this time of the year.

"Sometimes you just don’t realize you’re sweating while you’re swimming and you might feel ok and cool in the water as soon as you get out you’re going to start to feel faint," Fletcher said.

Fletcher says fainting and dizziness are classic signs, she says her lifeguards are trained to spot those signs and tell people to drink water, even if you and your kids don’t feel thirsty. She says before you know it, it can hit you.

"We tell them to eat a big breakfast and go through 4 or 5 of those big jugs of water," Fletcher said.