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Keeping cool in extreme heat

Roman Hopper came to Riverfront Park with his family in an attempt to beat the scorching temperature.

"We try to come out to the park on Sundays just to spend time together as a family. Today is a beautiful day outside so we decided to come and let our daughter cool off and get away from the hot sun for a moment," said Hopper.

Hopper wasn't alone.

Dozens of people showed up to the park to play in the water. Anything to sooth their bodies and get their minds off the near 100 degree weather.

"I like to get wet so I can cool down some. It feels good. Then it's not so hot," said park visitor Nykiria Carter.

Hopper knows the best way to avoid serious injury in extreme heat is hydration.

"We just come out and try to sit in the shaded areas under the awning while our daughter plays. We try to stay hydrated and bring water with us when we come out," said Hopper.

Not only is Hopper beating the heat with the people he loves, he says it's important to spend quality time with his family outside even with unforgiving heat.

"We try to iterate that family is important and we need to spend as much time together as we can and just have quality time together. Your children appreciate it a lot whenever you can take time out and spend it with them because a lot of times we get busy and don't get to spend as much time with them as we could," said Hopper.

Doctors say the best thing to do in this weather is to drink plenty of water, not soda or even products like Gatorade because they contain salt which makes the body even more dehydrated.

The National Weather Service has reported at least 33 heat-related deaths nationwide this year.

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