Dealing with the Heat -- On the Diamond and Off

By: Hanna Francis Email
By: Hanna Francis Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Despite the heat wave, the message to young athletes is still the same. Play ball!

The West Virginia Little League Championship is going strong this week, and the heat is even stronger. The umpires aren't just calling balls and strikes; it's their job to watch the players and call for heat breaks when needed.

In Kentucky, school starts early -- that means football practice starts early, but there's no way players could do two-a-days right now. Regular afternoon practices are off, as well. Players come in early in the morning to try to beat the heat from the scorching sun.

It isn't all hot, though. In fact, there's one part of our region where you can find snow in the middle of July. It stays about 28 degrees at Jordan Ice in Greenup, Ky. The owner, Larry Jordan, says they crank out about 60 pounds of ice a day.

Experts say when the temperatures are in the 80s or 90s, drink water and avoid the sugary stuff; staying hydrated is key.

If you're outside and you're getting thirsty, it's already too late.

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