Temperatures in Fargo hit 90 today, along with high humidityFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Many people are celebrating through the weekend, but we have a hot one on our hands.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Many people are celebrating through the weekend, but we have a hot one on our hands.
Temperatures in Fargo hit 90 today, along with high humidity.
We're here at the newly-constructed splash pad in West Fargo, which has been full of families looking for a way to cool off today.
While the heat and humidity can provide opportunities for fun, it can be a dangerous combination if you aren't careful.
A scorching hot day doesn't seem so bad in the water.
Scott Bella took the grandkids out for a chance to splash around.
Scott Bella- Fargo Resident: "vacation, the holiday. Getting them out into the water and giving them a chance to enjoy themselves."
In all the fun, kids aren't exactly thinking about taking a water break, but in this heat, it's crucial.
Scott: "We just keep asking them how they're feeling, if they want some water."
Adults are just as susceptible to heat sickness, which ranges from feeling sluggish to getting so sick you end up in the hospital.
And in this humidity, it can set in even quicker.
Lisa Kadrmas- Sanford Clinical Dietitian: "We are going to be sweating a lot, and feeling sweaty, but it's not really cooling us down efficiently so even if you're well-hydrated you should get inside or in the shade."
When outdoors for extended periods, slather on sunscreen every hour or two to prevent painful burns.
Scott: "We use SPF 50 for the little ones."
And of course, never leave children or pets in a vehicle on hot summer day.
In this heat, the inside of a car can reach dangerous temperatures. We put this thermometer in a car for twenty minutes and it topped out 120 degrees.
It just shows the sun can be dangerous. But by taking the proper precautions, your fun in the sun can be safe.
The best thing to drink of course is water, but consider sports drinks if you don't have access to food because you'll need the electrolytes, as well.
And for adults, alcohol is dehydrating, so if you're celebrating that way make sure to balance your alcohol consumption with plenty of water.