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High temps send Mid-Southerners scrambling to keep cool

Extremely high temperatures blanketing the region sent many Mid-Southerners indoors Monday. Extremely high temperatures blanketing the region sent many Mid-Southerners indoors Monday.

(WMC-TV) - Extremely high temperatures blanketing the region sent many Mid-Southerners indoors Monday.

Sylvester Lewis and others like him weren't taking any chances, heading inside the Orange Mound Community Center to escape the scorching temperatures.

"I try to stay inside a nice cool building and drink plenty of water," he said.

Whether it's a game of checkers or pool, most seniors we spoke to said they'd rather be indoors than in the scorching heat.

As an excessive heat warning continued Monday in Shelby County, forecasters said the heat index may reach or exceed 110 degrees.

"There is a possibility you can have a heat stroke," Lewis said. "I understand that, so that's one of the reasons I try to be careful not to stay in it too long."

"Very seldom we get temperatures like this, but it's summer time and we were all expecting it to come," Betty Robinson added.

For people like Robinson, who had to be outdoors, no matter how high the temperature get, she was prepared to deal with the heat.

"I keep my little Grizzly towel because it's part of believing in Memphis," she said. "We got to believe we got hot weather!"

Health officials warn that during extreme temperatures you should always check on the elderly to make sure they are okay.

For more information on how to cope with this week's high temperatures, click here.

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