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Beating the Heat

In the summertime, things can get pretty heated (temperature wise, of course).  

In the past, Kansas City’s temperatures have exceeded the norms, getting up to, if not higher than, 100 degrees by mid July.  

This heat can get dangerous, and even deadly if you’re not taking the proper precautions. Here’s how some students at South beat the heat.

With school being out, many teenagers have much more time on their hands to be outside, and play sports. Freshman Payton Miller has had many experiences of playing soccer games in the heat, on her summer team.

“I mainly just try to drink lots and lots of water,” she said.  

After games, Miller also rides with the windows down to get at least a little bit of breeze.  

On the other side of outdoor activities, there’s also the task of summer jobs, and typically many are outdoors or involve physical work.

Parker Greenfield, junior and member/creator of P&A Lawn Care, spends his summers mowing lawns, which as you can imagine can work up a sweat.  

To cool off, Greenfield does anything that involves water.  He likes to jump in the pool or take an ice cold shower.

“I also like to go to the (Riss) Lake and go fishing, which is a go-to after a mowing job,” he said.

Greenfield also has had experiences where he has gotten too hot, and has potentially been at risk for heatstroke.

“One time when I was mowing quite a few lawns with Alex (Gardner, also junior), I was ready to run up the hill with my Weedeater, and I just start running,” he said.  “I get halfway up the hill, and I’m just winded. I had to take a knee and grab some water, but eventually I got back to mowing.”

Sophomore Quentin Worley doesn’t have that problem, though, because he wakes up at a bright and early 6:45 a.m. during his summer for cross country runs.

“It’s not quite as humid when I’m running in the summer since we get up so early, so I typically don’t have an overheating problem,” Worley said.

Whether coping or crumbling to the summer heat, it’s an unavoidable element in everyone’s outdoor adventures.