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Memphis events adjust to keep participants cool

Ballet Memphis celebrating National Dance Day (Source: WMC Action News 5) Ballet Memphis celebrating National Dance Day (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

This Mid-South summer heat can be dangerous. 

It is important to not get overheated, especially when participating in outdoor events, of which Memphis has plenty this weekend.

Bikers from around the country are in town for Bikefest, braving the heat for a fundraiser that will help develop safe places for youth to get off the streets.

Some bikers said they can deal with the heat.

"I grew up racing and stuff, so all the heat from racing in the middle of the summer is a lot hotter than this. At least I get to take breaks every couple of minutes," said stunt rider Dean Dotson.

Because of the heat advisory and lack of shade on Tiger Lane, Bikefest organizers turned the nearby Pipkin Building into a cooling center.

"Throughout the day, they can make a dash in, cool off get themselves some water and come back out and give it another shot," said Clark Chambers.

Inside the Pipkin Building, a team of volunteers staffed the cooling center, where they gave out cold water and warnings about the dangerous heat. Among the volunteers was nurse Mary Ann Summers.

"When you overheat again, your heart works harder, your internal organs work harder and if you become dehydrated it can make a person confused," Summers said.

Across town in Overton Square, Ballet Memphis kicked off their National Dance Day celebration outdoors, but concerns about the heat advisory caused some changes.

"We actually speed up our event," Danielle Morana said. "We were supposed to finish at 1:00. We finished it a full hour early."

Organizers provided water, sunscreen and sunglasses. Participants were encouraged to use sunscreen and wear light-colored clothing.

In addition, city-sponsored cooling centers are open and providing cold water and air conditioning to help Memphians beat the heat.

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