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Escaping the Heat

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)- After some cool summer temperatures last week, temperatures are quickly rising in the Corridor.

Although it's tempting to play in the sun, there are some things you should know before you head outside.
Sarah Kelley said her toddler loves to be outside but when it's hot, she said her priority is to keep him cool.

"I set a time limit and said he could play in the park for 15 minutes and then we need to go," Kelley said.

Although Kelley limits their time at the park, she said they make it up when the sun goes down.

"In the evenings he'll go in and out," she said.

She said she also keeps a water bottle handy.

But Kelley and her son weren't the only ones enjoying the heat safely.

"Being in water or getting ice cream is a great way to cool off," Lori Pankey said.

Lori and her son chose to grab some ice cream during the afternoon to cool off.

If you want to escape the heat, it's best to find a cool place to take a break.

"The heat index rises during the day and get at their highest late afternoon, early evening and then they'll go down by 9 p.m.," Linn County Emergency Management Director Mike Goldberg.

When the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory, Linn County Emergency Management does have a heat relief protocol that advises the public where to go if they want to escape the heat.


"Public facilities, the public library, places that are normally open. Their air conditioning provides an opportunity for the public to see relief from the heat," he said.

Goldberg said it's best to find things to do indoors.

For now, Kelley will continue to keep up her routine so her son can still have fun in the sun.

"We're definitely making sure we're staying hydrated," Kelley said.

Goldberg said you could call 211 to find specific places to go for some shade.

He also added that it's best to check on loved ones or neighbors when it's hot.

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