Coping with the Heat

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A brutal heat wave is hitting the region along with much of the country.

People across the Tri-State did what they could to stay cool despite the hot and humid weather.

Even for Samantha Newsome, who has worked as a lifeguard for three summers, this heat is scorching.

"This is the hottest day I think I've ever worked," Newsome said.

Some escaped the nightmarish humidity in the Dreamland Pool in Kenova.

Young athletes in Chesapeake, Ohio were drenched in sweat Thursday evening.

The middle school football team was doing conditioning drills, working through suffocating humidity.

"I don't think there's a good time of day when there's not going to be heat,” Coach Tyler Marcum said. “Every exercise, we make sure our kids are hydrated. Even when they refuse it, we make them go anyway."

At the Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, the heat kept Shirley Foreman from breaking out her best moves.

"If I got out there and danced, I would pour the sweat," Foreman said.

4H-ers worked to keep livestock cool at the Jackson County Fair.

"Everybody is keeping the water to them as much as they can, keeping them cooled off, getting them into the wash racks and cooling them off," fair board member Jamey Sexton said.

A group of missionaries from Charlotte, North Carolina have been working through the heat all week in Ashland.

Heather Morris moved to Charlotte from Ashland in the early 1990's.

"We've seen our friends and family affected by the drug abuse in the area," Morris said.

She's brought missionaries from her new church, Hopewell Baptist, back home four times now, trying to help make a difference.

They've been out in the sweltering heat cutting grass and doing home repairs.

They say feeling the burn is just part of the mission.

"We were just praying for no rain,” Morris said. “We can always stand the heat. We're just so thankful we don't have rain to deal with."

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