Dealing with the heat!

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) -- Standing outside the Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport, I asked some local shoppers about how they felt about the heat. The first person was Dillion, who quickly replied "No! It's too hot for me."

With summer comes the heat, and usually this brings with it increased humidity.

"I like summer,” Cheyenne Bryant said alongside her friend Bri, “but I don't like humidity - like, feeling like I can't breathe."

When the two are combined, sometimes the heat index - what it feels like outside - reaches above 100°, even though the actual air temperature may only be in the 90s.

For some of us, we stay indoors with the air conditioning on full blast; which is what local resident Anthony told me he does, as it is "the best way to do it [avoiding the heat]…"

Meanwhile Ms. Bryant added when it gets too hot outside for her taste, she will “…usually just hang out at home and watch Stranger Things."

For others, like Dillion, who said that “I go jump in the city pool…”

Whatever your method is, the goal is always the same: to avoid the heat.

Sometimes, however, our methods are not enough.

The Red Cross gives us a few guidelines to avoid succumbing to the heat. These include:

(1) Stay hydrated and avoids caffeine and alcohol,
(2) Eat small meals more frequently, rather than one large meal at once,
(3) Wear loose fitting clothing, and avoid wearing dark colored clothing,
(4) Make sure that you check up on family members, especially the elderly.

If you begin to feel dizzy or light-headed, it is a good idea to call 9-1-1 to make sure that you are not suffering from heat exhaustion.

I am Meteorologist Timothy Albertson keeping you connected.