Temperatures on the Rise: How to Beat the Heat


By Sam Jones
By Randy Livingston

WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- We've had it so good for so long this summer, with cooler than normal conditions. Now, the dog days of summer are finally here, and there's no end in sight. However, that's not stopping everyone from getting outside.

Rain or shine, Jimmy Sims and his Ameren construction crew are outside along Route 13, 10.5 hours each work day.

"It's hot. We're sweating, but we have plenty of water, Sims said.

Each work truck is equipped with a water cooler, to help them stay hydrated.

Despite the heat, children's laughter abounded at Cannon Park in Carterville. Colleen Harrington brought two of her young boys here to enjoy a day of fun.

"I don't have a choice. My boys take me out, it's good to get them out. Spend some energy," enthused Harrington.

Her family's way of staying safe in hot weather:

"Spend a lot of time drinking water, taking frequent breaks," she added.

Doctor Douglas Brown in Carterville recommends drinking more than the usual 64 ounces of water when it's hot.

"If you wait till you're thirsty, it's too late," explained Brown.
Marion Regional
Current: 54°
High: 57°
Low: 54°
Wind: 9 MPH
Pressure: 0.00
Humidity: 67 %

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