Well, here we are.

It took until July this year before getting into weeks of the temperature being in the 90s. But here we are, and we offer a warning about the extreme summer heat.

Extreme heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, claiming more than 650 lives across the nation each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Heat-related illness can strike anyone at any age, regardless of physical conditioning. 

Check on any elderly friends or relatives who may need a helping hand in this heat.

The heat can also strike our pets.

Much like us, they can use shade and lots of water on these hot days.

The following tips might be helpful to withstand the heat:

• Consider walking or exercising indoors;

• Walk pets or do yard work before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.;

• Watch not only your own fluid intake, but that of your children. Just because a child is outside in a pool doesn’t mean they are cool enough. Ice water, popsicles, Gatorade and fruit with a high water content, such as watermelon, should help keep children hydrated while they’re outside playing;

• If you must be outside for a prolonged period, rest in a shaded area as often as you can.

• Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

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