Summer doldrums? Cool it

HOT. REAL HOT. BUT HOTTER than usual? Yup. According to WeatherData for the Youngstown area, this June's temperatures were 2.7 degrees above normal summer temperatures.
Meteorologist Steve Pryor said Youngstown hit 80 degrees or above from June 19 through June 27 this year, and hit 90 degrees June 25.
Eight-year-old Jalae Kerns of Youngstown said her advice is to "stay under the air conditioning and get an ice cream." Her brother Wayne, 12, suggested a cool dip in a pool is the only thing to cool down the unbearable temperatures.
Shalaunda Adkins of Youngstown spent part of Tuesday at the North Side Pool in Youngstown but admits she never expected the heat to be this bad.
"I think this is the hottest summer we've had," Adkins said.
Anita Gibson of Austintown said she takes her two sons, Gary, 6, and Garen, 5, to Dairy Queen for relief from the hot weather.
"You can stay inside in the air conditioning but that gets boring," Gibson said. "They have a little wading pool in the back and water guns. It's better than being stuck inside."
Getting out of the house
Alyse Clare, an employee at the Dairy Queen on Belmont Avenue, said the store has seen an increase in business with the higher temperatures.
Some people might be enjoying the sunshine and hanging outdoors, but others find it best to just stay indoors.
Roxanne Bettilyon of Youngstown said she doesn't have air conditioning to provide relief while she's at home, but she does what she can to find cool air.
"I'll just go to the mall and walk around," Bettilyon said. "You have to do something to keep out of the heat."
Dannielle Burton, who will be a junior at Wilson High School, said she doesn't like going outside for anything.
"At night I sit on the porch, but that's it," Burton explained.
Pets need extra care
The high temperatures are making things tough on people, but what about pets?
Brian Schell of Belmont Veterinary Clinic said the staff hasn't seen a case yet of pet heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
"The last few years we've seen about two to three cases a summer," Schell, of Liberty, explained. "We used to see it all the time, and now I think people have gotten smarter."
With the high temperatures, pets require some extra attention.
If animals are outside, they should have plenty of shade and cold water. When riding in the car, windows should be up and the air conditioning on.
"People tend to leave pets in the car while they run into the store," Schell explained. Even minutes can be deadly.
For man and his best friend, there is no better advice than to be smart when outside -- drink water to stay hydrated and seek relief from the heat.

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