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Staying cool for Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 4:31 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-26 16:31:06-04

MATLACHA, Fla. — Florida temperatures are expected to stay in the mid to high nineties this weekend, so one way to keep cool this weekend; add water.

Bryanna Eliznga thought paddle boarding was the best way to keep her kids occupied and stay refreshed.

"There's a lot more breeze, and I don't know, you feel cooler I guess being by the water," Elzinga said.

Sometimes, it's good to take a break from the heat altogether.

"I think we're going to kind of chill between the heat of the day and come back out tonight," said Laurynn Blalock, who was boating and fishing with her family.

No matter where outside, staying hydrated is critical. Florida Gulf Coast University's program director of the physician assistant program Robert Hawkes recommends drinking the proper fluids.

"And that's water and some of the sports drinks. But people want to be concerned about not having too much caffeine because caffeine can make the problem worse," Hawkes said.

Also, avoid any strenuous activity during the hottest times of the day.

"Exercising outdoors in the middle of the day or mowing the lawn," Hawkes said.

Hawkes warns that even with these tips, one can still get heat exhaustion.

"If someone's getting to the point where their body temperature feels hot, or they're acting confused and disoriented, they need to seek medical treatment immediately," Hawkes said.

But people like Shaelynn who love to swim and find seashells would rather stay in the water.

"Cause it's fun, and you find things in the water."