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The Heat is On...Again

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The bank thermometer in Downtown Albany is over 100 degrees...again. The bank thermometer in Downtown Albany is over 100 degrees...again.
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LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) – The thermometer at Dorothy Robison's house in Lee County has seen some hot days in the last 5 years, but never as hot as Thursday.

"At 12 o'clock it was 101," she said.

And you know what they say: five o'clock is the hottest time of the day. So how hot did it get at the Robisons?

Dorothy Robison said, "at five o'clock it was 104."

There's no doubt that it's been hot this summer.

Jennifer Pagola of Valdosta said, "it seems like this Summer has been a bit above average, but it seems like we say the same thing every year."

But it really has been hotter than normal this year. In July, the average temperature in Albany has been nearly three degrees above the normal. And on Thursday the high reached the triple digit mark - again. The kids don't seem to mind too much.

Of course they have a nice way to stay cool. And they've been taking full advantage.

Like 9 year old Amelia Lewis of Albany.  What has she been doing?

"We're getting wet at Turtle Park," she said.

The adults, on the other hand, just have to do what they can.

"We just try to stay inside in the air conditioning or we'll just hang out by the pool," said Jennifer Pagola.

Hot weather isn't just uncomfortable, it can be dangerous. While doctors say that both young and old are the most vulnerable to the extreme heat, there are ways to try to stay cool.

Kay Hind of the SOWEGA Council on Aging said, "wear light clothing, try to stay out of the sun."

And of course, the best way to beat the heat if you don't have air conditioning is to go to somewhere that does.

"Most any public place. Just go and make yourself comfortable in a chair there," said Hind.

With it being so hot, even being out of school isn't enough to keep some of the kids that we talked to from preferring a different season.

Trent Dorough, a 10 year old from Albany said that he likes: "Winter - because it's cold not hot."

So as long as the heat stays on high, both the people - and the pets - will be doing what they can to stay cool.

With the elderly most vulnerable to heat, the SOWEGA Council on Aging gives out both fans and air conditioners when they're available.

And if you want to help out you can donate as well. It's tax deductible and you can call them at 432-1124 between 8 and 5 Monday through Friday for more information.

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