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2022-06-19 00:09:45 By : Ms. Vivi ShangGuan

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Dangerously hot weather has made it to the Bluegrass and it’s going to stay that way for much of the week. Water and sunscreen are going to be essential if you plan to be spending any extended time outside.

“Big take home messages are stay hydrated, take plenty of breaks, avoid the hottest part of the day,” FOX 56 Medical Contributor Dr. Ryan Stanton said.

Although the calendar may not say it’s officially summer, the telltale signs of sunscreen and swimming mean many are looking to cool off.

“When it gets over 90 degrees like it is today we try to put ice out for kids,” Stephen Mahan told FOX 56. Mahan is a grad counselor at Pepperhill Farm, a kid’s day camp. From canoeing, kayaking, and a water trampoline, they’re finding plenty of ways to beat the heat and stay safe. Everyone is required to keep a water bottle and sunscreen.

“We have water filling stations where all through around camp they are allowed to fill up their waters and we encourage them to do it pretty much every half hour to an hour,” Mahan said.

However, for some, it’s not all fun in the sun.

“The air temperature on a roof is about 5 to 20 degrees hotter than what it is on the ground, Dwayne Davidson, Owner of A-OK Roofing & Exteriors told FOX 56.

Davidson said it’s an all-hands-on-deck approach for a team to handle the heat. He said shingles can get as hot as 170 degrees to touch.

“We have to make sure everyone stays hydrated properly, we take things into consideration such as are parts of the roof shaded,” Davidson said.

“The two biggest concerns are heat-related exhaustion and heat stroke,” Dr. Stanton said.

If not treated quickly, Stanton said the heat can become a medical emergency.

“If you start to feel any symptoms make sure that you take a break get out of that and get hydrated get into a cooler environment to make sure that you’re protected,” he said.

The Dunbar Community Center on North Upper Street will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday through Thursday. A room at Tates Creek Golf Course will be available from 7 a.m. until dusk through Thursday. Lex-tran will offer free rides to the cooling centers for Lexington residents.

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