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How WMC Action News 5 beats the heat

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The heat is going to rage on during the next few days with highs in the 90s and triple digit heat index values. Heat advisories and warnings are likely, so you need to be prepared for the dangerous heat ahead. At WMC Action News 5, we are longtime sufferers of the Memphis heat. Plus, many of us have to work outside when we bring you breaking news. So, I looked to the newsroom and weather office for the best tips for beating the heat this Summer. 

The most consistent piece of advice from the men of WMC Action News 5 was to put a cold, wet towel around your neck to keep cool. Ron Childers, Spencer Denton, Joe Birch and Jarvis Greer ALL insisted that this provides a huge relief when you are out in the yard or on the golf course. Joe Birch even suggested that you freeze the towel, so it stays cool for longer. If you don't want to put a kitchen towel around your neck, Birch also mentioned that you can buy special cooling towels at any sports store.

We also suggest taking frequent breaks, especially if you are standing in the direct sunlight. Dave says to not be in the heat for longer than 30 to 45 minutes and to take 20 minute breaks in between. Kontji Anthony says that she tries to walk in the shade as much as possible and use buildings and trees for cover from the blaring sun. 

In addition, the general consensus was to stay hydrated throughout the day. Dave Brown stressed that you should ONLY drink water since it will hydrate you the most effectively. He also insisted that you should avoid caffeine because it can dehydrate you even more on hot days. Do you get tired of drinking only water? Kendall Kirkham likes to get her water intake from a slightly tastier source--watermelon! Water-rich fruits and vegetables are a great way to replenish the water in your body. Cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes and strawberries all have a water content over 90% and allow you to "eat" your water.

If you're wondering what to wear, Jarvis says wear a hat and to not worry too much about what you look like. After all, it's about feeling cool and not necessarily about looking cool this time of year, right? Spencer Denton recommends wearing light colored clothing to reflect the sunlight and for guys to keep their hair a little shorter.

For those of you who just can't ignore the outdoors, Janeen Gordon has some fun tips that won't leave you sweating. She says to turn the sprinklers on and run through them to cool you down. If you can, a trip on the boat is a great way to escape the heat as well.

If all else fails, I did get a few nontraditional tips from the newsroom. Kendall suggests lingering a little longer in the frozen food section at the grocery store and Janeen says that singing Jingle Bells seems to invoke a feeling of colder times.

How do you stay cool this time of year? Let me know! 

Brittney Bryant


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